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a. a ruffian or tough, esp a hired one
b. (as modifier): bullyboy tactics.


(ˈbʊl iˌbɔɪ)

a ruffian or hired hoodlum.
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Noun1.bullyboy - a swaggering tough; usually one acting as an agent of a political faction
bully, hooligan, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, yob, yobbo, yobo, tough - a cruel and brutal fellow
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Rather than pandering to the bullyboy minority, authorities should step in and bulldoze the huge East Belfast bonfire which fire chiefs say threatens to raze more than 50 houses.
The point is that Tehran has met its various obligations and it is the self-appointed bullyboy members of the Security Council that have a lot of work to do.
Meanwhile, Ross is in serious danger when bullyboy Charlie rolls up at Debbie and Pete's engagement party and demands his money back.
PAYDAY lenders are still using bullyboy tactics - despite a clampdown.
Ian does his best to convince Sharon that marrying the Mitchell bullyboy would be a gigantic mistake.
However, a source last night said that despite Breen's bullyboy tactics he will be lucky to still be alive by Christmas after accumulating a whole host of enemies while behind bars.
Our self-appointed ambassador to North Korea, meanwhile, flaky Dennis Rodman, one-time rogue of the National Basketball Association, dropped in on that rogue nation to cut up with flaky bullyboy dictator Kim Jong-Un.
A memorable performance was by Mercutio -- a full cast list was not provided by The Globe, even online, so I can't name the actors -- played as a garrulous, loud-mouthed bullyboy rather than as the tormented, deceptively sparkling firework of a character in other productions.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas regularly complained at the physicality of the Potters, but the draw was more to do with the imperious performances of Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth than any perceived bullyboy tactics.
and back the pots on this is an Menai fall into will the accept via email Joe Anderson is right to resist the bullyboy tactics of a corrupt and incompetent government department which has clearly lost touch with reality.
Many of the rebellious MPs appear to have fewer qualms about causing trouble for their leader than they would if they didn't consider him a swaggering bullyboy surrounded by a narrow clique.
This is yet another example in which strong and knowledgeable leadership is required that does not bend to the current much-used tactics of self-interested bullyboy threats made without consideration for the broader interests of racing.