[boo l-dawg, -dog]
- 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.
Origin of bulldog
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- 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
Word Origin and History for bulldogged
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