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a bully is always a coward

proverb 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

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 (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

bully for (someone)

Good for someone. Used to express congratulations, though it is often used sarcastically to express one's annoyance or displeasure. Primarily heard in UK. A: "I just found out I got into Harvard!" B: "Hey, bully for you! That's very exciting news." A: "I hear Tom got another promotion." B: "Well, that's just bully for him. Meanwhile, I haven't gotten so much as a pay raise in nearly five years."
See also: bully, for

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, for

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


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

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: bully, for
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.’
See also: bully, for
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017


tv. & in. to harass someone. Don’t bullyrag me just because you’re upset.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

bully for you/him/her/them

Good for you/him/her/them. This term uses the adjective “bully” in the sense of “fine” or “excellent,” a largely British usage. It became popular in the United States during the Civil War but is heard less often today and may be heading toward obsolescence. Tristan Jones had it in Ice (1977), “Bully for him. Was there free booze?”
See also: bully, for
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Many of these programs work by attempting to create a school environment where bullies won't be rewarded or tolerated.
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But now restorative approaches, where bullies meet their victims in a controlled environment and the devastating impact of their actions is much more evident, are being used very effectively.
Because, like many bullies, she suffered at the hands of one before she became a bully herself.
Inviting parents, teachers, children, and educators to unite in exploring creative, positive, non-violent tactics for handling bullies and bullying, "The Defenders: Bully Patrol" endorses a proactive, constructive approach to bully intervention.
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She says bullies will often target those seen as 'different', and disabled children can often become isolated.
We know how being victimized by bullies can do lifelong damage, and schools are working to develop comprehensive approaches.