noun (plural bullies)
- If we can all come together to make our parks safe, and we can all support zero tolerance in schools so that our children can enjoy a good education free from fear, intimidation and bullies, then we can surely do the same for our roads.
- Many coaches are professional bullies and intimidators.
- They have to worry about a lot more than bullies and bad influences outside the home.
verb (bullies, bullying, bullied)[with object] Back to top
- Once, he was bullied into crawling between the legs of one of them in public.
- A pregnant mother was spared a prison sentence after she was bullied into drug offences by her estranged partner.
- I feel that I was bullied into agreeing to take it and I don't think it's the right thing for me.
mid 16th century: probably from Middle Dutch boele 'lover'. Original use was as a term of endearment applied to either sex; it later became a familiar form of address to a male friend. The current sense dates from the late 17th century.
adjectiveinformal , chiefly North American
late 16th century (originally used of a person, meaning 'admirable, gallant, jolly'): from bully1. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.
noun[mass noun] informal
- She opened the back door only to see thrown down on the lawn an empty can of her bully beef and, to make matters worse, an empty tin of her cat's food!
- We had bacon too, bully beef, endless tea, and biscuits which were very hard.
- They climb over each other, snatching spaghetti, Irish stew and bully beef from the air and each other.
mid 18th century: alteration of bouilli.
noun (plural bullies)
- Use the bully to put the ball into play when play has been stopped for injury.
- If there is a stop in action, the re-start is called a Bully.
- The ball is put in play in midfield in a face-off, known as a bully.
verb (bullies, bullying, bullied)[no object] Back to top
- To bully, both players simultaneously strike first the ground then each other's stick over the ball.
- Every player shall be between the ball and his own goal line, except the two players who are bullying, who shall stand facing the side lines.
- Just like bullying off in hockey this game should be fast and furious, but the puck and sticks stay low and fingers are best kept out of the way!
late 19th century (originally denoting a scrum in Eton football): of unknown origin.