bully meaning, bully definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( 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  


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