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.
- bull·dog·ged·ness, noun
- bulldogger, noun
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How to use bulldog in a sentence
Despite her challenges, the 12-year-old bulldog mix shines in the limelight, lapping up the attention like a stouter Dolly Parton.In Tennessee, the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary welcomes two-legged visitors | Andrea Sachs | October 29, 2021 | Washington Post
The story begins with Monsanto’s founder John Queeny, a tenacious bulldog of a man, the son of Irish immigrants who sold miracle elixirs and quack cures to wholesalers along with bona fide pharmaceuticals.How Monsanto propagated an unenviable reputation with hubris and herbicide | Richard Schiffman | October 29, 2021 | Washington Post
He has put his political weight instead behind a quirky vaccination sweepstakes named after his bulldog.Covid-19 live updates: A third of parents want to vaccinate 5-to-11-year-olds ‘right away’ when eligible, report finds | Paulina Firozi, Caroline Anders, Bryan Pietsch, Adela Suliman | September 30, 2021 | Washington Post
His parents got him a bulldog mix, Delilah, to take care of, and he’s taken up chess to keep his mind occupied.As school shootings surge, a sixth-grader tucks his dad’s gun in his backpack | John Woodrow Cox, Steven Rich | June 24, 2021 | Washington Post
After requesting a few known toys, the dog’s owner asked the pet to bring the 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 | Richard Ben Cramer | January 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Darren Criss of Glee guest stars in the video as the angry bulldog boyfriend of the poodle.From Katy Perry to Alice in Chains, the Best Music Videos of the Week | Victoria Kezra | September 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He seems much more vulnerable now—much more three-dimensional than the macho bulldog we first met in Season 1.Dean Norris Deconstructs “Breaking Bad’s” Hank Schrader | Andrew Romano | September 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
One surprise: the English bulldog finally waddled into the top five, a ranking it had not received in 75 years.How the English Bulldog Lost Westminster But Conquered America | Keli Goff | February 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Every time I turn on the TV, I see a bulldog in a commercial,” she said.How the English Bulldog Lost Westminster But Conquered America | Keli Goff | February 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But to-day, though he sees, the power of believing in his own vision and of hanging on to it like a bulldog, seems paralysed.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
He was crotchetty and impracticable, a man of rash judgment and hasty action-as brave and as tenacious as a bulldog.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
A man who doesn't know a bulldog from a bed-spring isn't likely to be offering a thousand dollars to avenge the death of one.Average Jones | Samuel Hopkins Adams
And now, you young bulldog, back to your room and shake yourself together.The Varmint | Owen Johnson
Set a bulldog on hind legs, and dress him up in coat and breeches, and yo'n just getten John Thornton.'North and South | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
British Dictionary definitions for bulldog
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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