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bull session

noun, Informal.
an informal, spontaneous discussion.
Origin of bull session
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bull session
Historical Examples
  • In bull session debate he was instantly beyond the depth of everyone else.

    The Unlearned Raymond F. Jones
  • Well, in any event, he evidenced no interest in the bull session, as you described it?

    Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • He wished he'd written him last night, instead of joining the usual beer and bull session in the wardroom.


    Irving W. Lande
British Dictionary definitions for bull session

bull session

(informal, mainly US & Canadian) an informal discussion, often among men
Word Origin
C20: from bull²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for bull session

bull session

noun phrase

A discussion, esp one among good companions passing time idly but investigating important topics

[1920+ College students; perhaps influenced by bull, ''discuss, visit another student to pass the time,'' attested as college slang by 1850]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with bull 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. [ ; c. 1915 ]
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