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bulk bill

To charge the costs of a patient's care by a general practitioner, hospital, or other health service provider to Medicare, the Australian government's universal health insurance system. Primarily heard in Australia. Recent legislation is aimed at introducing a mandatory co-pay for all services bulk billed by GPs and hospitals.
See also: bill, bulk

bulk billing

The practice of charging the costs of a patient's care by a general practitioner, hospital, or other health service provider to Medicare, the Australian government's universal health insurance system. Primarily heard in Australia. Recent legislation is aimed at introducing a mandatory co-pay for all bulk billing by GPs and hospitals.
See also: billing, bulk

bulk out

1. Of a person, to become larger and more muscular. The coach said I needed to bulk out if I wanted a chance of playing on the varsity team next season. I prefer to focus on endurance and muscle tone when I go to the gym, not on bulking out.
2. To cause something to become larger in size, scope, or substance by or as by adding additional content or material to it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bulk" and "out." I thought I was finished with my novel, but my editor wants me to bulk it out with more world building. We should really bulk out our inventory a bit ahead of the holiday season this year. Adding chickpeas is a great way to bulk out the stew.
See also: bulk, out

bulk up

To boost in size or strength. Most of the wrestlers are bulking up for the weigh-in on Thursday. That country seems to be bulking up their military presence in the region.
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in bulk

1. In large quantities. When you have eight kids, it makes the most sense to buy stuff in bulk.
2. Of an item or product, available for purchase loose and without packaging. I bought candy in bulk for the centerpieces at the party.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

in bulk

in large quantities or amounts, rather than smaller, more convenient quantities or amounts. Jane always bought office supplies in bulk to save money. Dave purchased cereal in bulk because his family used so much of it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in bulk

1. Unpackaged, loose, as in It's cheaper to buy rice in bulk. [Late 1600s]
2. In large amounts or volume, as in The ship was carrying wheat in bulk. [Mid-1700s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bulk up

or bulk out
v.
1. To increase in size or weight: The weightlifters are exercising in order to bulk out.
2. To cause someone or something to increase in size, weight, or degree: I hope all the food I'm eating doesn't bulk me out too much. All of the new employees have bulked out the company's payroll.
See also: bulk, up
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in bulk

1. Unpackaged; loose.
2. In large numbers, amounts, or volume.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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