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bull session

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.
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in session

[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.
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jam session

an informal session where musicians play together. Andy and Nick had a jam session last night and kept all the neighbors awake.
See also: jam, session

rump session

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.
See also: rump, session

bull 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]
See also: bull, session

bitch session

n. a session of complaining; an informal gripe session. (see also bitch. Usually objectionable.) We were just having a bitch session. Come on in.
See also: bitch, session

bull session

n. a session of casual conversation. The gals were sitting around enjoying a bull session.
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rap session

n. an informal conversation session. The kids settled down for a long rap session.
See also: 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!

bull session

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.”
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Because of [legislators'] inability or refusal to pass a simple law that would prevent the medical profession from shutting down, I'm announcing a special session to complete that unfinished business," Abbott told reporters Tuesday during a news conference.
The items included ratings of whether the students (1) read more, (2) studied with others more, (3) spent more time studying, (4) gained in self-reliance as a student, (5) believed they learned more, (6) believed the question-answer sessions were helpful, (7) preferred self-directed learning to lecture, and (8) liked the flexibility offered by self-directed learning.
In addition to the technical and industry sessions, the popular corporate tax management workshops returned on Wednesday afternoon as optional bonus sessions following the morning's Industry sessions.
The renewable content polyols session will include several presentations on the development of seed oil and soy-based polyols.
Session length: Weekend as well as one-week resident sessions
Dennis Sabourin of NAPCOR will moderate Monday's session titled "Consuming Passions: A Look Recycled Resin Consuming Markets.
This session will explore the "underpinnings" of tomorrow's marketplace: new consumer, shifts in media usage, shopping patterns and the "value battleground" of the future.
Graduate students tended to rate the course higher in the first half of the semester but both undergraduate classes began to rate the sessions similarly to the graduate students during the last half of the semester.
This session will explore the significant accounting and reporting implications of the FASB-IASB joint draft proposals on Business Combinations and Noncontrolling Interests and the changes they could lead to in purchase accounting.
Conference, 22 July 1959 [Stein]; Sessions, [February 1948] [Grey]; Sessions: 20 November 1947,31 December 1948-14 March 1949 [Rosenzweig]; Sessions: 21 October 1954, 12 February 1958 [Klein]; Diagnostic Evaluation, July--September 1967; Notes, October--December 1967 [MacGregor], FTC; Intake, 31 January 1967 [Wald], FTC; Session, November 1955 [Dumont]; Session, 29 May 1948 [Reynolds]; Intakes: 6, 20 January 1961 [Neumann]; Sessions: 9 May, 20 June 1946 [Sullivan]; Session, 10 June 1943 [Bloom], PCMHC; Session, 4 February 1947 [Dimitriyevich]; Session, 9 February 1954; Social Service, 24 June 1955 [MacGowan].
At the orientation session, bright and early Monday morning, John Clemons, ABC, APR, Wilma Mathews, ABC, Peg Wander and IABC staff members shared tips on how to get the most out of the next three days.
Participants had chosen their program on the basis of a one-page description of each program before counseling or, if they preferred, in their first session.
As with the morning program, the afternoon sessions consist of two 90-minute session per week (Monday through Friday) with from 30 to 40 students per session.
The Best Practices track includes a session on such resident care issues as enhancing facility oral health services through comprehensive treatment and prevention; a session updating restraint reduction, with suggestions for developing individualized, restraint-free care plans; a forum focusing on meeting the special needs of patients with AIDS; a how-to session on establishing an in-house wellness facility and comprehensive wellness programs for CCRCs; a session on behavior modification aimed at developing strategies for addressing residents' problem behaviors; and nine additional sessions.
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