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
...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
dominant position, use of an office with power and influence to expose or impose one's views
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