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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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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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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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