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bull pen

or bullpen

  1. a place where relief pitchers warm up during a game.
  2. the relief pitchers on a team.
  1. a large cell or room, usually next to the courtroom, where prisoners are temporarily held.
  2. a large room in an office occupied by many employees.
any temporary or crowded quarters, as sleeping quarters in a lumber camp.
a pen for a bull or bulls.
Origin of bull pen
1800-10, Americanism for def 4; 1920-25 for def 1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They could never invent the bull pen, but would only quickly destroy.

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
  • That part of the building was the "bull pen" for the conscripts.

  • Thieves found the "bull pen" an excellent place for plying their trade.

    In The Ranks R. E. McBride
  • That this should occur while I was confined in the bull pen was, perhaps, not so surprising.

    A Mind That Found Itself Clifford Whittingham Beers
  • At one time or another we were banished to the bull pen for these indiscretions.

    A Mind That Found Itself Clifford Whittingham Beers
  • A dreadful silence hung over the great theatre as the heavy door into the bull pen was rolled back.

  • That afternoon we were taken into the oak grove and put in the bull pen, as we called it.

    Reminiscences of a Private

    Frank M. Mixson
  • I saw men driven like animals, eight at a time, into the bull pen of the city jail.

    Broke Edwin A. Brown
  • Pending an answer to his letter he would keep me apart from the toughs and general habitus of the bull pen.


    Robert R. (Robert Rice) Reynolds
  • Keep perfectly quiet, said the outlaw, you know me, open that bull pen door very quietly.

    Thirty Years on the Frontier Robert McReynolds

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