bull pen

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bull′ pen`

or bull′pen`,

a. a place where relief pitchers warm up during a baseball game.
b. the relief pitchers on a team.
2. Informal.
a. a large cell for the temporary detention of prisoners.
b. any temporary or crowded quarters, as sleeping quarters in a lumber camp.
3. a pen for bulls.
[1920–25, Amer. (definition 1)]
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He quickly made himself at home in the bull pen but couldn't fit his head though the wooden feeder to get his hay and turnips.
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My dad, now in his 90s, waved his hands around, telling stories that made everyone laugh--as he had once made me laugh with the tale of freezing his lips to the iron bars of the bull pen when he was a boy.
I'm very sorry for what's happened," Roger Dale Chapman, a mechanic from Bonifay, testified, after detailing how a detective removed him from the bull pen cell of the Brevard County Jail and told him, "Dale, I hold your freedom in my hand," and then coached him to testify that Dillon had confessed, even though he had maintained his innocence.
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