The documentary film bully just received a PG-13 rating, which means that kids can see it on their own.
He then said of those who kept kids waiting on the first day of classes, “This is the behavior of a bully in a schoolyard.”
First of all, a “bully” is someone who actually has power over you.
In response, Labrador called Simpson a “bully” and “an old-school legislator who went to Washington, D.C., to compromise.”
And when we have been spared such tragedy, it has happened precisely because presidents have stood up to the bully caucus.
This reply disconcerted the bully greatly, and he did not know what to say further.
“He ought to be made to fight, whether he likes or not,” said Braddy the bully.
“Worry, it's bully of you to bring this freshman here,” declared the captain.
"That's so," said Redman, as he placed himself by the side of the bully.
They were headed by an old man, and a gigantic sort of bully, who would not keep his hands off our carts.
1530s, originally "sweetheart," applied to either sex, from Dutch boel "lover; brother," probably a diminutive of Middle Dutch broeder "brother" (cf. Middle High German buole "brother," source of German Buhle "lover;" see brother (n.)).
Meaning deteriorated 17c. through "fine fellow" and "blusterer" to "harasser of the weak" (1680s, from bully-ruffian, 1650s). Perhaps this was by influence of bull (n.1), but a connecting sense between "lover" and "ruffian" may be in "protector of a prostitute," which was one sense of bully (though not specifically attested until 1706). The expression meaning "worthy, jolly, admirable" (especially in 1864 U.S. slang bully for you!) is first attested 1680s, and preserves an earlier, positive sense of the word.
Excellent; good (1840s+)
: Bully for you! (1780s+)
A track worker; gandy dancer (1900+ Railroad)
[first two senses fr bully, ''a beloved person, darling,'' of obscure origin, attested fr 1538. Bully, ''worthy, admirable,'' used of persons, is attested in 1681]