But, oh, Matt, if old johnny bull ever gets his horns into her we can kiss her good-bye.
For the love of Heaven, get your trout to bank, johnny bull!
From those sections came the hardy sons of liberty, who taught johnny bull anew to respect the rights of the common people.
It isn't so very dreadful that I can see, to be mistaken for a johnny bull.
We have whipped johnny bull just as I am going to thrash you under that very flag which you were pleased to designate a rag.'
For the love of Heaven, get your trout to bank, johnny bull.
They called him "johnny bull," and invited him with excessive familiarity to take a hand.
Much o' what I read in johnny bull might ha' been written by me.
The doctor, with true johnny bull pluck, replied volley for volley, and the battle lasted for above an hour.
Boys, johnny bull can tell us what would happen if I was to snatch this chump's cap off and slap him in the face with it.
"bovine male animal," from Old English bula "a bull, a steer," or Old Norse boli "bull," both from Proto-Germanic *bullon- (cf. Middle Dutch bulle, Dutch bul, German Bulle), perhaps from a Germanic verbal stem meaning "to roar," which survives in some German dialects and perhaps in the first element of boulder (q.v.). The other possibility [Watkins] is that the Germanic root is from PIE *bhln-, from root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).
An uncastrated male, reared for breeding, as opposed to a bullock or steer. Extended after 1610s to males of other large animals (elephant, alligator, whale, etc.). Stock market sense is from 1714 (see bear (n.)). Meaning "policeman" attested by 1859. Figurative phrase to take the bull by the horns first recorded 1711. To be a bull in a china shop, figurative of careless and inappropriate use of force, attested from 1812 and was the title of a popular humorous song in 1820s England. Bull-baiting attested from 1570s.
"papal edict," c.1300, from Medieval Latin bulla "sealed document" (source of Old French bulle, Italian bulla), originally the word for the seal itself, from Latin bulla "round swelling, knob," said ultimately to be from Gaulish, from PIE *beu-, a root supposed to have formed words associated with swelling (cf. Lithuanian bule "buttocks," Middle Dutch puyl "bag," also possibly Latin bucca "cheek").
"false talk, fraud," Middle English, apparently from Old French bole "deception, trick, scheming, intrigue," and perhaps connected to modern Icelandic bull "nonsense."
Sais christ to ypocrites ... yee ar ... all ful with wickednes, tresun and bull. ["Cursor Mundi," early 14c.]There also was a verb bull meaning "to mock, cheat," which dates from 1530s.
"push through roughly," 1884, from bull (n.1). Related: Bulled; bulling.
: abull market
: We were sitting around bulling/ He was bulling about his enormous talent