bully boy

bully boy

n.
1. An aggressive or pugnacious fellow; a tough.
2. A hired thug; a goon.

bul′ly-boy′ adj.
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References in classic literature ?
``Come, trowl the brown bowl to me, Bully boy, bully boy, Come, trowl the brown bowl to me: Ho!
'Now bully boy,' said the stout man, raising his eyes from his cards for the first time, 'can't you let him speak?'
It was no part of the knowledge of the lad, fourteen years old, who sat in the Idler's cabin between the harpooner and the sailor, the air rich in his nostrils with the musty smell of men's sea-gear, roaring in chorus: "Yankee ship come down de ribber--pull, my bully boys, pull!"
Poundland has demanded a 2% discount from suppliers backdated almost a year in a move branded "straight bully boy tactics".
BULLY BOY Michael Smith began the biggest week of his life with a shock confession - his nickname comes from rolling around in cow's muck, not the epicentre of a dartboard.
BULLY BOY DISTILLERS became Boston's first craft distillery when it launched in 2010.
Tell them they are far too young for you and until they grow out of their bully boy ways, you don't want anything to do with them.
Three reasons why Labour need to change their approach: Labour lost their chief bully boy Leighton Andrews; losing the Lib Dems' group means Labour can't play them against Plaid; lastly, Plaid has a strong opposition team which includes a backbone of Adam Price.
Three reasons why Labour need to change their approach: Labour lost their chief bully boy Leighton Andrews; losing the Lib Dems group means Labour can't play them against Plaid; Lastly Plaid has a strong opposition team which include a backbone of Adam Price.
Even though the Austrian has enjoyed a stellar year and fears nobody, Bully Boy was last night installed the 8-13 favourite with Coral.
HM Revenue & Customs has been accused of "bully boy tactics" for sending high earners letters asking why they are not paying more tax.