bully meaning, bully definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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bully  

  ( bullies    plural & 3rd person present)   ( bullying    present participle)   ( bullied    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A bully is someone who uses their strength or power to hurt or frighten other people.  
I fell victim to the office bully...     
2       verb   If someone bullies you, they use their strength or power to hurt or frighten you.  
I wasn't going to let him bully me...      V n  
  bullying      n-uncount  
...schoolchildren who were victims of bullying.     
3       verb   If someone bullies you into something, they make you do it by using force or threats.  
We think an attempt to bully them into submission would be counterproductive...      V n into n/ing  
She used to bully me into doing my schoolwork...      V n into n/ing  
The government says it will not be bullied by the press.      be V-ed, Also V n  


bully-boy        ( bully-boys    plural  ) , bully boy  
1       n-count   If you describe a man as a bully-boy, you disapprove of him because he is rough and aggressive.,   (disapproval)    ...bully-boys and murderers.     
2       adj   If you say that someone uses bully-boy tactics, you disapprove of them because they use rough and aggressive methods.     (JOURNALISM)   ADJ n     (disapproval)    Some people accuse the tax inspectors of bully-boy tactics.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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bully  

1   
      n   big bully, browbeater, bully boy, coercer, intimidator, oppressor, persecutor, ruffian, tormentor, tough  
2   
      vb   bluster, browbeat, bulldoze     (informal)   bullyrag, coerce, cow, domineer, hector, intimidate, oppress, overbear, persecute, push around     (slang)   ride roughshod over, swagger, terrorize, tyrannize  
3   
      adj   admirable, excellent, fine, nifty     (informal)   radical     (informal)   very good  
4   
      interj   bravo, capital, good, grand, great, well done  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

bully pulpit n.
dominant position, use of an office with power and influence to expose or impose one's views
canned by Theodore Roosevelt

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