Angry as a bull - If someone is as angry as a bull, they are very angry.
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Bull in a China shop - If someone behaves like a bull in a China shop, they are clumsy when they should be careful.
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Bull market - A bull market is a period when investors are optimistic and there are expectations that good financial results will continue.
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Bull session - If you have a bull session, you have an informal group discussion about something.
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Bull-headed - If you're a bull-headed, you're stubborn or inflexible.
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Cock and bull story - A cock and bull story is a lie someone tells that is completely unbelievable.
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Grab the bull by its horns - If you grab (take) the bull by its horns, you deal head-on and directly with a problem.
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Hit the bull's-eye - If someone hits the bull's-eye, they are exactly right about something or achieve the best result possible. "Bulls-eye" and "bullseye" are alternative spellings.
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Mess with a bull, you get the horns - If you do something stupid or dangerous, you can get hurt.
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Red rag to a bull - If something is a red rag to a bull, it is something that will inevitably make somebody angry or cross.
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Take the bull by its horns - Taking a bull by its horns would be the most direct but also the most dangerous way to try to compete with such an animal. When we use the phrase in everyday talk, we mean that the person we are talking about tackles their problems directly and is not worried about any risks involved.
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In literature:
There were countless cows in the herd, horned like the bulls, but smaller, and without the rending tusks.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Our agent in Auckland bought for us a dozen good, young cows and a bull, which were despatched to us on a small schooner.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Much sickness in the Gap lately, Bull?
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
Ireland for the Irish, an' to hell wid John Bull!
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
On an average about three horses fall to a bull, but a single bull has often killed twenty.
"The Harmsworth Magazine, v. 1, 1898-1899, No. 2" by Various
At this moment the young bull, who had been searching in vain all over the farm for Jabe, came up to the door with a silent, shambling rush.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
His neck had muscle creases like the folds on the neck of a muley bull.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
Bull, a blunder, explained, 453.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
This attracted the curiosity of the little troop, and on inquiry they found there was going to be a bull-baiting.
"The History of Sandford and Merton" by Thomas Day
Genital and urinary organs of the bull.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
A Bull in a field is vicious enough, as I daresay you know; but a wild Bull is worse than anything.
"The Talking Thrush" by William Crooke
I have been a good deal distressed lately by the reverses of my friend John Bull, who is one of the leading tradesmen in this town.
"The Casual Ward academic and other oddments" by A. D. Godley
A be a foine Bull, oo'r Bull!
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
He was the Sitting Bull of the Creeks, like the later Sitting Bull of the Sioux.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
She heard after this that the bracket bull was in it (i.e., alive) all through, and that he was not killed at that time.
"The Irish Fairy Book" by Various
Only Red Bill, Bull Evans an' me was left.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
They took a halter to lead the bull by, and a whip, not to hurt the bull with, but just to make him mind.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
Oh, perhaps Kaspar's bull was coming, that awful bull.
"What Happened to Inger Johanne" by Dikken Zwilgmeyer
John Bryan's bull turned and fled, as never bull fled before.
"Hildegarde's Home" by Laura E. Richards
Both were loaded to the axles with bull-fighters in tawdry velvet trappings.
"The Sheriff of Badger" by George B. Pattullo
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In poetry:
As they kneel and mumble
I hear reverberate
in cave and cell
the running bulls of Pamplona.
"At the Iglesia de Sacromonte" by Irving Layton
The moon wide open.
Horse of still clouds,
and the grey bull ring of dreams
with willows in the barreras.
"Lament For Ignacio Sanchez Mejias" by Federico Garcia Lorca
The heifer said unto the bull,
"And shall I not complain?
There came a foreign nobleman
To milk me on the plain.
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
Behold thy darling left among
The cruel and the proud,
As bulls of Bashan, fierce and strong,
As lions roaring loud.
"Psalm 22 part 1" by Isaac Watts
The daunted Lion 'gan to whine,
And granted ground amain,
The Mountain Bull he bent his brows,
And gored his sides again.
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
I hate dot teufel, Johnnie Bull,
(Der Kaiser says I must)
Mit rage mine heart is filled so full
Sometime I tink I'll bust.
"The Hate Of Hans" by Abner Cosens
In news:
Bulls gored four runners, seriouslyinjuring two of them, during a packed running of the bulls on thesixth day of the San Fermin festival on Sunday.
The cost of the bull used on the heifers was $4,000, with each bull servicing 20 heifers .
Steve Baskis, Luis Benitez, Brad Bull, Sherman Bull, Chad Butrick, Kevin Cherilla, Ashley Crandall, Jeff Evans, Aaron 'Ike' Isaacson, Didrik Johnck.
Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images Jake Livermore #29 of Tottenham Hotspur tries to clear the ball in front of Teemu Tainio #6 of New York Red Bulls during their match at Red Bull Arena on July 31, 2012 in Harrison.
Hurler 's success is 'Bull' — Red Bull.
FROM BULL RUN THROUGH BULL RUN.
Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls Sebastien Le Toux and the Red Bulls today take on the Philadelphia Union, the team Le Toux played for in 2010 and 2011.
Durham Bulls / Baseball Durham Bulls beat Norfolk Tides: Meritocracy .
Durham Bulls / Baseball Charlotte Knights wallop Durham Bulls: The Uh-Huh Guy, or Offal .
While most Bulls fans have made it clear that they don't want Gar Forman to match the three-year offer sheet worth close to $25 million that the Houston Rockets gave Omer Asik last week, Bulls forward Taj Gibson has a different viewpoint.
Durham Bulls / Baseball "Actually, don't ask Neil": Gwinnett Braves rally, outscore Jeff Niemann and Durham Bulls in 11 innings.
Durham Bulls / Baseball Durham Bulls roll back Norfolk Tides, 5-4: Pick-me-up .
View full size Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger Rafa Marquez and the Red Bulls face the Colorado Rapids in their home opener Sunday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison.
Bulls wait in a bullpen during the World Bull Fair in Seville, Spain.
Championship Bull Rider Mike White will be holding his 2nd Annual Pasture Roping and Bull Riding Event, Saturday April 23rd in DeKalb, Texas.
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In science:
Diaconis, Longest increasing subsequences: From patience sorting to the Baik-Deift-Johansson theorem, Bull.
Determinantal random point fields
Diaconis: Longest increasing subsequences: From patience sorting to the Baik-Deift-Johansson theorem, Bull.
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations
Dieudonn´e, Les determinants sur un corps non-commutatif, Bull.
Probability density of determinants of random matrices
Werner, Non-col liding Brownian motions on the circle, Bull.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Lindstr¨om, On the vector representation of induced matroids, Bull.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Varopoulos, Long range estimates for Markov chains, Bull.
Drift and entropy growth for random walks on groups
From the Seiberg-Witten equations to pseudoholomorphic curves, Bull.
Higgs Bundles and Four Manifolds
Riordan: Derivatives of Composite Functions, Bull.
Integrable Submodels of Nonlinear $\sigma$-models and Their Generalization
Sternberg, An algebraic model of transitive differential geometry, Bull.
Classification of finite simple Lie conformal superalgebras
Kostlan, How many zeros of a random polynomial are real? Bull.
Correlations between zeros of a random polynomial
Kac, On the average number of real roots of a random algebraic equation, Bull.
Correlations between zeros of a random polynomial
Lang, Hyperbolic and Diophantine analysis, Bull.
Subvarieties of general type on a general projective hypersurface
Burridge, R.; Knopoff, L.; (1967) ; Model and theoretical seismicity. Bull. Seism. Soc.
Continuous Time Random Walks and South Spain Seismic Series
Thurston, Three dimensional manifolds, Kleinian groups and hyperbolic geometry, Bull.
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
Debarre: In´egalit´es num´eriques pour les surfaces de type g´en´eral, Bull.
Maximally irregularly fibred surfaces of general type
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