bully boy

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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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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!"
``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?'
Ever since these large schools came about many incidents take place, kids roaming about without restriction, teachers cannot be everywhere so the bully boys show their pecking order.
"Adjudication can also be costly and there is no guarantee of a win, and there's no penalty for bad behaviour either, so there is no disincentive for the bully boys to not do what they do.
If M&S don't want to be lumped in with the bully boys, they should have a re-think.
I HOPE the bully boys of Welsh Labour have finally realised they can't push Plaid Cymru about.
I HOPE the bully boys of Welsh Labour have finally realised that they can't push Plaid Cymru about.
"In reality they are a criminal gang of bully boys and fascists whose only The are achievement this weekend was to force local people, some in their 80s, to leave their homes in the middle of the night and seek refuge in church halls or with friends and relatives."
PM David Cameron has said he will set up an inquiry into the trade unions as he claims they are "bully boys".
SCARLETS 20 MUNSTER 20 By PAUL JONES BULLY boys Munster kicked more sand in the Scarlets' faces as the tide went out on the Welsh side's Pro12 play-off hopes.
She described them as "evil bully boys" who had forced her to falsely name several people she had seen near to Lynette's flat in James Street, Cardiff.