[boo l-dawg, -dog]
- one of an English breed of medium-sized, short-haired, muscular dogs with prominent, undershot jaws, usually having a white and tan or brindled coat, raised originally for bullbaiting.
- Informal. a stubbornly persistent person.
- a short-barreled revolver of large caliber.
- Metallurgy. slag from a puddling furnace.
- an assistant to the proctor at Oxford and Cambridge universities.
- like or characteristic of a bulldog or of a bulldog's jaws: bulldog obstinacy.
- to attack in the manner of a bulldog.
- Western U.S. to throw (a calf, steer, etc.) to the ground by seizing the horns and twisting the head.
Origin of bulldog
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Examples from the Web for bulldog
But he thought he might bulldog the case for a while and find a wedge for a lawsuit.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
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One surprise: the English bulldog finally waddled into the top five, a ranking it had not received in 75 years.
“Every time I turn on the TV, I see a bulldog in a commercial,” she said.
Spike the bulldog first appeared in Tom and Jerry cartoons in 1942.
Like a bulldog picking up the scent of fresh meat and not quite sure where to find it, Biden tore up everything in sight.Face It, Republicans, ‘Bazooka Joe’ Biden Won the VP Debate
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He just wore Diablo down, hung to him like a bulldog, an' beat him out.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"No, it was not," answered Gilman, all the bulldog in his nature coming to the surface.Her Father's Daughter
Farnol Greer, on the other hand, was as heavily moulded as a bulldog.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
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He was of the bulldog breed that has made old England what it is.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Bland, a thick-set man with the jaw of a bulldog, was eyeing him intently.
- a sturdy thickset breed of dog with an undershot jaw, short nose, broad head, and a muscular body
- (at Oxford University) an official who accompanies the proctors on ceremonial occasions
- commerce a fixed-interest bond issued in Britain by a foreign borrower
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Word Origin and History for bulldog
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