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Any informal, spontaneous, and lengthy conversation or discussion among a group of people, especially men. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. My co-workers and I like to have bull sessions in the restaurant after we close for the night.
rude slang A period of complaining or griping about something. If you leave dishes out again, it will definitely lead to another bitch session with Marjorie—she's not happy unless everything is perfectly put away.
A conversation or discussion between two or more people. The principal said she wanted to have a quick rap session with me about my plans after high school. I'd love to hear your ideas, Jared. Come into my office later for a quick rap session.
A smaller conference or meeting that occurs after a larger one. As usual, there will be a rump session in the evening following the cyber-security conference that addresses concerns specific to small-business owners. The top brass all got together for a rump session after the AGM to discuss how best to steer the company moving forward.
[of a court, congress, or other organization] operating or functioning. Use of cameras is forbidden while the meeting is in session. The spectators must remain quiet while court is in session.
See also: session
an informal session where musicians play together. Andy and Nick had a jam session last night and kept all the neighbors awake.
a meeting held after a larger meeting. A rump session continued after the meeting was adjourned. A lot of business was conducted in the rump session.
An informal discussion, as in College students love late-night bull sessions about anything and everything, from professors to poetry to politics . This expression originally referred to an exchange of opinions and anecdotes, including stories of sexual prowess, by men, and then came to be used more broadly. [Slang; c. 1915]
n. a session of complaining; an informal gripe session. (see also bitch. Usually objectionable.) We were just having a bitch session. Come on in.
n. a session of casual conversation. The gals were sitting around enjoying a bull session.
n. an informal conversation session. The kids settled down for a long rap session.
1. n. a drinking bout. He was just sobering up from a session with the bottle.
2. n. a marijuana-smoking session; time spent on a drug high. (Collegiate.) What a fine session that was!
An informal discussion. A bull session was originally a late-night college men's dormitory conversation with a wide range of topics—politics, sex, sports, sex, religion, sex . . . The word “bull,” which meant something boastful or outlandish, came from—no surprise here—“bullshit.”