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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.
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bully for you

Good for you! Well done! I heard you got promoted—bully for you!
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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

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

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.
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The Bully Zero Australia Foundation and the Napthine Government share a common goal to establish a culture of zero-tolerance for bullying.
When parents find out that their child is a bully they should get information from the school, find the source of his anger and install sympathy role play methods.
If you are a bystander, please intervene; upstage the bully and alter the scene,'' reads part of the book.
Just about every school has a bully - a kid who uses strength or power to hurt, bother or threaten others.
Some bullies may simply be copying what they see at home--kids who bully at school often have witnessed or been victims of intimidating behavior at home.
Thornbury High School s Class TV interviewed Minister Dixon, students and teachers from local schools, and experts about their experiences in the Bully Stoppers program, and will create an online video to inspire schools considering ways to use a grant.
8221; Bullying affects everyone involved; the victim, the bully, and even the witnesses.
South High Community School sent its entire student body to a local theater to watch "The Bully Project" and is doing follow-up programs to encourage students to stand up and be counted in defeating bullying at that school.
Supervisors may bully by constricting a person's work responsibilities or abilities or by micromanaging them.
Power imbalanced--a bully chooses victims he or she perceives as vulnerable (K.
Field said that bullying is an imbalance of power between the bully and the victim and the best method of defence was for the victim to remain happy and appear unaffected and develop close friendships with three or four people and stick to that group.
Approximately 15% of Swedish schoolchildren are involved either as victims or bullies (Olweus 1993), and even a greater number are involved if assistants to the bully or defenders of the victim are included (Salmivalli, 1999).
When cyber-bullying is found, if the incident hasn't disrupted school, they call in parents of the alleged bully to suggest family resources and skip disciplinary action.