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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."
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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.
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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.’
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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
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