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Irish bull

noun
1.
a paradoxical statement that appears at first to make sense. Example: He's the kind of guy who looks you right in the eye as he stabs you in the back.
Origin of Irish bull
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805
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  • Among the stock jokes it is oft averred The Irish bull is best of all the heard.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for Irish bull

Irish bull

noun
1.
a ludicrously illogical statement See also bull2
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