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bully pulpit

a position of authority or public visibility, especially a political office, from which one may express one's views.
Origin of bully pulpit
1975-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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1904, coined by U.S. president Teddy Roosevelt, in reference to the White House.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bully pulpit


Using high office or fame as a splendid standpoint for one's teaching or preaching: At the least, they hoped that his ''bully pulpit'' approach would help rally public support/ Theodore Roosevelt, rejoicing in the president's bully pulpit, drowned out every other voice in the United States/ Madonna has used her bully pulpit to preach scantily clad homilies on bigotry, abortion, civic duty, power, death, and safe sex

[late 1980s+; Said to have been originated by Theodore Roosevelt, and more recently popularized by Ross Perot]

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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