Irish bull

  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

First recorded in 1795–1805

Words Nearby Irish bull Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Irish bull in a sentence

  • Among the stock jokes it is oft averred The Irish bull is best of all the heard.

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  • The first tickled me exceedingly, as a genuine specimen of the so-called Irish bull.

British Dictionary definitions for Irish bull

Irish bull

  1. a ludicrously illogical statement: See also bull 2

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