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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.
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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 (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.
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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."
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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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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!
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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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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.
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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.’
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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?”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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In contrast, aggression during early childhood is considered more common than any other developmental period (Kochenderfer & Ladd, 1996) and there is the risk of labelling all aggressive behaviours as bullying when the behaviour may simply be the result of immaturity, poor self-regulation, or reactivity rather than malicious intent.
According to StopBullying.gov, "When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable.
Principal at Abbey Hill Academy, Rebecca Whelan, said: "We are very passionate about tackling bullying, the school has had a very small number of cyberbullying and verbal bullying cases in the past and we are keen to make sure that all our students feel safe and supported at all times.
She further said,'the best way to address bullying was to stop it before it starts.'
"Although, I have never personally experienced 'bullying', it has become quite recurrent in and outside the school premises," she said.
Bullying as a subset of aggressive behaviour includes one person making threats to another person without actually being physically aggressive1.
In order to analyze the books, a checklist of current research on bullying was created that included current information about the phenomenon of bullying.
(11) Once you identify a victim, refer the patient to a mental health provider to develop skills to cope with the stress of bullying. Such skills include how to make friends.
Encouraging students to confide in adults they trust also can help them overcome bullying and the feelings of loneliness that bullying can elicit.
Finally, the end of bullying is kindness, and guidance counselors and teachers and others can help students learn to be kind and considerate instead of bullying.
But in case bullying results in death or physical harm, the criminal aspect comes in and it falls under Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act,' Saro said.
Findings of the study, published in the Journal ofChild Development, explained the evolution of bullying. Researchers suggest that it becomes less physical with age.
Bullying, the study defined as 'acts such as name-calling, being made fun of, as well as more physical acts of violence, like being hit or kicked'.
Concerns have also been raised about bullying the bully.