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 ?
'a sporting gentleman,' by some 'a thorough-bred Englishman,' by some 'a genuine John Bull;' but they all agreed in one respect, and that was, that it was a pity there were not more like him, and that because there were not, the country was going to rack and ruin every day.
This incident only suggested to the widow's mind, when they halted at an alehouse some miles further on, and heard the justice's character as given by his friends, that perhaps something more than capacity of stomach and tastes for the kennel and the stable, were required to form either a perfect country gentleman, a thoroughbred Englishman, or a genuine John Bull; and that possibly the terms were sometimes misappropriated, not to say disgraced.
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.
"He's a true John Bull. Now, Miss Sallie, you shall have a chance without waiting to draw.
Those fine, sturdy John Bulls who "hate flattery, sir," "Never let anybody get over me by flattery," etc., etc., are very simply managed.
It is sheer madness and no one seems to be grasping the reality except, of course, John Bull and one or two others.
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A feisty, pint-sized John Bull with a blood-stained sword has sliced off his toes, while exclaiming "Paws off, Pompey", associating Bonaparte with the hero of a popular novel, a lap-dog known as 'Pompey the Little'.