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bul·ly 1

n. pl. bul·lies
1. A person who is habitually cruel or overbearing, especially to smaller or weaker people.
2. A hired ruffian; a thug.
3. A pimp.
4. Archaic A fine person.
5. Archaic A sweetheart.
v. bul·lied, bul·ly·ing, bul·lies
1. To treat in an overbearing or intimidating manner. See Synonyms at intimidate.
2. To make (one's way) aggressively.
1. To behave like a bully.
2. To force one's way aggressively or by intimidation: "They bully into line at the gas pump" (Martin Gottfried).
Excellent; splendid: did a bully job of persuading the members.
Used to express approval: Bully for you!

[Possibly from Middle Dutch boele, sweetheart, probably alteration of broeder, brother; see bhrāter- in Indo-European roots.]

bul·ly 2

Canned or pickled beef. Also called bully beef.

[Perhaps French bouilli, boiled meat, label on canned beef, from past participle of bouillir, to boil, from Old French boilir; see boil1.]
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References in classic literature ?
The employers' unions like-wise bullied and slugged.
The other officers were coarse, illiterate fellows, but little above the villainous crew they bullied, and were only too glad to avoid social intercourse with the polished English noble and his lady, so that the Claytons were left very much to themselves.
And so he fought and drove and bullied and even wheedled his way along.
Even though many adults can recall being bullied or witnessing bullying when they were in school, it's important that parents and educators not see bullying as an inevitable part of growing up.
Ja'Nessa Elise was a tall, African American girl who was teased and bullied about her height and other things.
In setting the guidelines for handling bullying cases in schools, the idea is to also spare bullies from being bullied themselves because they are still minors, he added.
About 64 per cent of those who were lonely were bullied as children.
The balikbayan told our Allure editor Bum Tenorio that he was bullied as a boy and believes parents play a big role in their children's aggressive behavior.
Children can be bullied, bully others, or be witness to bullying behaviour.
Most of the bullied children indicated that they would take some form of action to protect themselves, with just over half or 51 per cent saying they would report the incident to a teacher, followed by confiding in a friend or a parent.
"Bias-based bullying is when children are bullied because of some aspect of their social identity, whether that's race, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability or sexual orientation," said study author Kelly Lynn Mulvey.