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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."
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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References in classic literature ?
"You like bulls?" said Maria Valenzuela with a smile.
Dropping the body of the girl to the ground the bull turned to battle anew for possession of his expensive prize; but this time he looked for an easy conquest.
Hearing the abuse which the bulls were pouring upon the helpless Taug, Tarzan clambered quickly among them.
The tiger was now upon the bull's broad back, clinging to the huge neck with powerful fangs while its long, strong talons ripped the heavy hide into shreds and ribbons.
Thus, frightened as she at first was, you might by and by have seen Europa stroking the bull's forehead with her small white hand, and taking the garlands off her own head to hang them on his neck and ivory horns.
The old bulls paid no attention to his boastful words, but the eight who had volunteered to accompany him were filled with self-pride so that they stood around vaingloriously beating upon their breasts, baring their fangs and screaming their hideous challenge until the jungle reverberated to the horrid sound.
Then I turned to see how Good had fared with the big bull, which I had heard screaming with rage and pain as I gave mine its quietus.
In this event the bull would, according to custom, approach quite close to the object of his attention, growling hideously and baring slavering fangs.
"They were all hairy-faced bulls but one," he said, "and that one was a she, lighter in color even than this stranger," and he chucked a thumb at Tarzan.
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.
Sometimes a bull is timid, finding himself in so strange a place, and he stands trembling, or tries to retreat.
Then Meav's sorrow was bitter, and calling a messenger, she asked if he knew where might be found a young bull to match with White- horned.
It was no more than an ordinary camp marking- flag; but the regiment, always punctilious in matters of millinery, had charged it with the regimental device, the Red Bull, which is the crest of the Mavericks - the great Red Bull on a background of Irish green.
Gay life at Monterey Mexican horsemen A bold dragoon Use of the lasso Vaqueros Noosing a bear Fight between a bull and a bear Departure from Monterey Indian horse stealers Outrages committed by the travellers Indignation of Captain Bonneville
A BULL, escaping from a Lion, hid in a cave which some shepherds had recently occupied.