John Bull


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John Bull

n.
1. A personification of England or the English.
2. A typical Englishman.

[After John Bull, , a character in Law Is a Bottomless Pit by John Arbuthnot.]

John Bull

n
1. (Brewing) a personification of England or the English people
2. a typical Englishman
[C18: name of a character intended to be representative of the English nation in The History of John Bull (1712) by John Arbuthnot]
John ˈBullish adj
John ˈBullishness n
John ˈBullism n

John′ Bull′


n.
1. England; the English people.
2. the typical Englishman.
[1705–15; after John Bull, chief character in Arbuthnot's allegory The History of John Bull (1712)]
John′ Bull′ish, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.John Bull - a man of English descentJohn Bull - a man of English descent    
Englishman - a man who is a native or inhabitant of England
References in classic literature ?
What to that redoubted harpooneer, John Bull, is poor Ireland, but a Fast-Fish?
You have only to try, son of John Bull," replied the colonel.
They made him out to be the Royal arms, the Union-Jack, Magna Charta, John Bull, Habeas Corpus, the Bill of Rights, An Englishman's house is his castle, Church and State, and God save the Queen, all put together.
You, who speak English like John Bull himself, are Master Tom Lowe, we, your three companions.
The said company being now relieved from further attendance, and the chief Barnacles being rather hurried (for they had it in hand just then to send a mail or two which was in danger of going straight to its destination, beating about the seas like the Flying Dutchman, and to arrange with complexity for the stoppage of a good deal of important business otherwise in peril of being done), went their several ways; with all affability conveying to Mr and Mrs Meagles that general assurance that what they had been doing there, they had been doing at a sacrifice for Mr and Mrs Meagles's good, which they always conveyed to Mr John Bull in their official condescension to that most unfortunate creature.
Those fine, sturdy John Bulls who "hate flattery, sir," "Never let anybody get over me by flattery," etc.
Ray Egan aka John Bull, by email The small print: Letters will not be included unless you include your name, full postal address and daytime telephone number (we prefer to use names of letter writers but you can ask for your name not to be published if you have a good reason).
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STALWART Birmingham campaigner John Bull scaled the heights in Centenary Square this week as he and other campaigners try to save one of the city centre's last mature trees from the axe.
Ray Egan, aka John Bull, and the London plane tree on Broad Street, which is thought to have been planted in 1876 VETERAN campaigner Ray Egan - the man who protests under the name John Bull - has taken a trunk call to save one of the region's best-known trees.
Prosecutor John Bull told Bradford Crown Court the ambulance staff had been dealing with an incident in the Silver Street area in the early hours and the bag had been left unattended.
The pub wasn't the only venue to be celebrating as both the John Bull, in Alnwick, and the Three Horse Shoes, in High Horton, both scooped two awards.