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bul·ly 1

n. pl. bul·lies
1. A person who is habitually cruel or overbearing, especially to smaller or weaker people.
2. A hired ruffian; a thug.
3. A pimp.
4. Archaic A fine person.
5. Archaic A sweetheart.
v. bul·lied, bul·ly·ing, bul·lies
1. To treat in an overbearing or intimidating manner. See Synonyms at intimidate.
2. To make (one's way) aggressively.
1. To behave like a bully.
2. To force one's way aggressively or by intimidation: "They bully into line at the gas pump" (Martin Gottfried).
Excellent; splendid: did a bully job of persuading the members.
Used to express approval: Bully for you!

[Possibly from Middle Dutch boele, sweetheart, probably alteration of broeder, brother; see bhrāter- in Indo-European roots.]

bul·ly 2

Canned or pickled beef. Also called bully beef.

[Perhaps French bouilli, boiled meat, label on canned beef, from past participle of bouillir, to boil, from Old French boilir; see boil1.]
References in classic literature ?
The employers' unions like-wise bullied and slugged.
The other officers were coarse, illiterate fellows, but little above the villainous crew they bullied, and were only too glad to avoid social intercourse with the polished English noble and his lady, so that the Claytons were left very much to themselves.
And so he fought and drove and bullied and even wheedled his way along.
ISLAMABAD, Feb 18(Media)- Bullying at schools if not stopped when it is started cause long term damages to personalities of both the bully and the bullied children.
Teens, especially children, are too afraid to approach an adult when he or she is getting bullied because they always feel they are at fault.
The theme for this year's Anti-Bullying Week "All Different, All Equal" provides a real opportunity to highlight that far too many children and young people in Wales are bullied in school because of their race, faith, disability, sexuality or gender identity, while lots of pupils will experience sexual harassment and sexual name calling.
The first type is physical bullying that includes physical contact between a person who bully and the other who is bullied e.
Lourdes 'Honey' Carandang observed that distressed parents usually offer any of four suggestions on how a bullied child should respond to a tormentor: fight back; don't fight back; ignore the bully; or tell the authorities.
Eric's friend Mary reports that one of the female characters in the book is being cyber bullied.
Although one in four adolescents experience bullying, (2) according to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, LGBT students are two to four times as likely to be threatened or injured with a weapon on school property, two to three times as likely not to go to school because they feel unsafe, and about two times as likely to be bullied at school, compared with their heterosexual peers.
There have been documented cases where a dental assistant bullied a hygienist (4) and where multiple workers inflicted their bullying behavior as a "clique.
Some other researchers reported that children with HI are bullied by both hearing students and other deaf students.