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big bully

Someone who is overly critical, domineering, or authoritative, or who is physically or psychologically abusive. The intensifier "big" implies a level childishness, immaturity, or a lack of seriousness or severity if used by an adult. Don't take what he says too much to heart, he's just a big bully. Jeff's been a big bully since he got that promotion.
See also: big, bully

bully pulpit

A public position that allows a person to speak with authority and share their views with a large audience. James used his position of class president as a bully pulpit to raise awareness about cyberbullying.
See also: bully

bully for you

Good for you! Well done! Can also be used sarcastically to convey the speaker's annoyance. Primarily heard in UK. I heard you got promoted—bully for you! A: "I'm so excited to have a date to the dance!" B: "Well, bully for you! No one has asked me yet."
See also: bully

bully (one) into (something)

To thoroughly and continually dominate, intimidate, or browbeat someone into doing something. Oh, they've tried to bully us into accepting their subpar proposal, but we refuse to settle.
See also: bully

a bully is always a coward

A bully will only mistreat others perceived to be weaker. Of course he always picks on kids who are smaller than him. A bully is always a coward.
See also: always, bully, coward


To bother or badger someone. Would you quit bullyragging me? I didn't do anything wrong, I swear!

Bully for you!

1. an expression that praises someone or someone's courage. (Dated, but still heard.) The audience shouted, "Bravo! Bully for you!" Bob: I quit my job today. Sally: Bully for you! Now what are you going to do? Bob: Well, I need a little loan to tide me over.
2. a sarcastic phrase belittling someone's statement or accomplishment. Bob: I managed to save three dollars last week. Bill: Well, bully for you! Mary: I won a certificate good for a free meal! Sally: Bully for you!
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bully is always a coward

Prov. Bullies will only intimidate people who are much weaker than they are, because they are afraid of losing a fight. Child: Dad, Joey keeps picking on me. How can I make him stop? Father: Try fighting back. A bully is always a coward. Bill took advantage of the younger children, but he was quiet and docile around the older ones. A bully is always a coward.
See also: always, bully, coward

bully someone into something

to harass or threaten someone into doing something. The coach tried to bully them into agreeing to stay late and practice. Don't try to bully me into your way of doing things.
See also: bully

bully for —!

well done!; good for (you, them, etc.)!
This expression takes its origin from the US colloquial sense of bully meaning ‘first-rate’, recorded since the mid 19th century.
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bully for somebody!

(spoken) used to show that you do not think that what somebody has said or done is very impressive: ‘Janet’s just won a free holiday in Spain.’ ‘Oh, bully for her! She’s so rich anyway, she can afford to go away whenever she wants to.’
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tv. & in. to harass someone. Don’t bullyrag me just because you’re upset.
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She further said,'the best way to address bullying was to stop it before it starts.
To overcome such nasty behavior, schools should organise awareness programmes on discouraging bullying by making such incidents punishable and making students realise on the severity of consequences it has on the vulnerable.
USE FACTS TO CONFRONT UNTRUE BULLYING REMARKS Bullies often use tactics which involve distorting the truth, misrepresenting facts or subtly or blatantly being dishonest.
In order to analyze the books, a checklist of current research on bullying was created that included current information about the phenomenon of bullying.
In addition, work with parents and school authorities to intervene on behalf of the child to stop the bullying behavior.
Recognizing workplace bullying is imperative to addressing it.
Physical bullying is characterised as hitting, spitting, kicking, beating, and the psychological form includes both verbal and non-verbal bullying behaviour which includes spreading malicious rumours about someone, verbal insults, threatening someone, name calling, removing and hiding belongings, deliberate exclusion from a group and persuading other persons to insult someone.
Sourander's team found that among kids who did not engage in bullying -- and that was the overwhelming majority -- nearly 12 percent were diagnosed with mental problems by their 20s.
national statistics reports the following (National Statistics on Bullying 2014, http://nobullying.
To encourage 'talking schools' where all children are given a safe space to discuss bullying and other issues, and are supported to report all forms of bullying.
Teach kids |how to filter abusive posts and tweets | Encourage your child to get |involved in activities that build their confidence and esteem, and help them to form friendships outside school (or wherever the bullying is taking place).
This is compounded by the fact the Anti-Bullying Alliance survey Lauren |national co-found that teachers and GPs feel ill-equipped to support children with mental health issues related to bullying.
The key aims of the week are: | TO empower children and young |people to make a noise about bullying - whether it is happening to them or to someone else, face to face or online.