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Word Example of - bully

    Example Sentences for bully

    This reply disconcerted the bully greatly, and he did not know what to say further.

    “He ought to be made to fight, whether he likes or not,” said Braddy the bully.

    “Worry, it's bully of you to bring this freshman here,” declared the captain.

    "That's so," said Redman, as he placed himself by the side of the bully.

    They were headed by an old man, and a gigantic sort of bully, who would not keep his hands off our carts.

    I was beginning to bully you horribly, but after this I suppose I must hold my tongue.

    The bully staggered, but before he went down there came another blow that loosened one of his teeth.

    I believe he had also learnt, that it was I who had chastised the Bully Larkin!

    Bully yarn youve turned up, came his appreciative comment over the clatter of the keys.

    As had been already proved, the French bully was at heart a coward.

Word Origin & History of - bully

    Word Origin & History

    bully 1530s, originally "sweetheart," applied to either sex, from Du. boel "lover, brother," probably dim. of M.H.G. buole "brother," of uncertain origin (cf. Ger. buhle "lover"). Meaning deteriorated 17c. through "fine fellow," "blusterer," to "harasser of the weak" (1680s, from bully-ruffian, 1650s). Perhaps this was by influence of bull (n.1), but a connecting sense between "lover" and "ruffian" may be in "protector of a prostitute," which was one sense of bully (though not specifically attested until 1706). The verb is first attested 1710. The expression meaning "worthy, jolly, admirable" (esp. 1864 U.S. slang bully for you!) is first attested 1680s, and preserves an earlier, positive sense of the word.

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