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bull

slang A shortening of the rude term "bullshit."
1. noun Something utterly untrue or wildly exaggerated. Short for the rude term "bullshit." Don't give me that bull, Tom. I know you've been taking money from the register. Her entire speech was just a load of bull from start to finish.
2. noun Ridiculous nonsense. Used to express frustration, exasperation, or disgust. You mean we have to come in on Saturday for work, too? God, what a bunch of bull! This is bull! The teacher marked me down a whole letter grade just because I used a 14-point font on my essay.
3. noun, dated A police officer, detective, or security guard. They were caught robbing the bank by the bull on night duty. The bulls in this prison are more dangerous than the inmates.
4. adjective A derogatory and highly offensive term describing a woman, especially a lesbian, who is aggressively masculine in appearance or manner.
5. adjective A reclaimed term used by homosexuals to describe such a woman. Yeah, I've always been something of a bulldyke who's attracted to femmes.
6. noun A man who has sex with a woman in a relationship, with the explicit knowledge and approval of her significant other. My wife and I are in contact with a bull who may be interested in meeting us.
7. verb To attempt to fool, mislead, or deceive someone. Don't trust a word those salespeople say. They won't hesitate to bull you if they think you might buy one of their cars. I could tell Sarah was bulling me, but I just let her keep talking.
8. verb To speak in a very foolishly boastful or arrogant manner. He loves to bull people with wild stories of his various exploits, dressed up for narrative purposes, of course.
9. verb To say something utterly ridiculous or nonsensical. Used to express frustration, exasperation, or disgust. They want us to start working 10-hour days? You've got to be bulling me!
10. interjection Used to express utter disbelief for something someone else has said. A: "So then I woke up in the ICU with no recollection of what had happened!" B: "Bull! Sarah saw you that night. None of what you just said ever happened." A: "Oh yeah? Well, I just so happen to know some very powerful people in the film industry." B: "Bull. The only person you know is your cousin, and she just works as an electrician."
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bull

1. n. nonsense; bullshit. Don’t give me that bull! I won’t buy it.
2. tv. & in. to lie to or deceive someone. Stop bulling me!
3. n. a police officer; a private detective or guard. Here come the bulls. Get out.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"You have seen it," said Maria Valenzuela to John Harned, as they fastened the mules to the dead bull and dragged it out.
"It was well," said one, "that Dawra granted us the Bull willingly, otherwise we had taken it by force."
It was from Akut--a sudden, low growl, no louder than those he had been giving vent to the while he pranced about the dead bull, nor half so loud in fact; but of a timbre that bore straight to the perceptive faculties of the jungle beast ingrained in Korak.
Surprised and enraged, the bull clutched madly for support as he toppled sidewise, and then with an agile movement succeeded in projecting himself toward another limb a few feet below.
Nay,' as the lama made some sort of protest, 'remember this is my Search - the Search for my Red Bull. The sign in the Stars was not for thee.
As the animal approached the two, bellowing and pawing the ground with the strength of many earthly bulls, another door directly beneath us was opened, and from it issued the most terrific roar that ever had fallen upon my outraged ears.
It would be the quickest way of rejoining them, to get upon the white bull's back.
All this time Bertha Kircher was a wide-eyed and terrified spectator to what, as she thought, could end only in a terrific battle between these frightful beasts, and when Zu-tag and his followers began screaming forth their fearsome challenge, the girl found herself trembling in terror, for of all the sounds of the jungle there is none more awe inspiring than that of the great bull ape when he issues his challenge or shrieks forth his victory cry.
We had no difficulty in finding the broad elephant trail, which Ventvogel, after examination, pronounced to have been made by between twenty and thirty elephants, most of them full-grown bulls. But the herd had moved on some way during the night, and it was nine o'clock, and already very hot, before, by the broken trees, bruised leaves and bark, and smoking droppings, we knew that we could not be far from them.
They sped forward with a bound, and for awhile it seemed to Umslopogaas as though they stood side by side, only the bull grew nearer and nearer.
"Though I do think that bulls are more moved by a tune than cows--at least that's my experience.
In this event the bull would, according to custom, approach quite close to the object of his attention, growling hideously and baring slavering fangs.
Presently the young bull ceased to struggle, and lay quite still.
The egregious rustic put to death A bull by stopping of its breath: Disposed the carcass in a shed With fragrant herbs and branches spread.
His first glimpse was of Bulan, running swiftly between two huge bull ourang outangs that snapped and tore at him as he bounded forward cutting and slashing at his foes with his heavy whip.