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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.]
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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
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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.
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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
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