Definition of bullpen in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝olˌpen/


(also bull pen) chiefly North American
1An enclosure for bulls.
Example sentences
  • If all goes well, the bulls end up in the bull pen.
  • The bullpen had a per head medicine cost of $12.89 – again, high for this ranch.
  • She stationed herself by the gate leading into the bull pen, and closed and it during the afternoon many times.
1.1An exercise area for baseball pitchers.
Example sentences
  • Both bullpens occupy the outfield foul ground, meaning there are mounds and usually players in the way.
  • Trying to cushion his landing, he grabbed the railing to brace himself before tumbling into the bullpen area.
  • At the time, the Indians used an automobile to transport pitchers from the bullpen to the mound.
1.2The relief pitchers of a baseball team.
Example sentences
  • Suffice it to say that there are a lot of frustrated fans pulling their hair out over these two teams' respective bullpens.
  • He might be a nice fit in the bullpen given the team's need for left-handed relief help.
  • The Raiders' stable of running backs is much like a baseball team's bullpen.
1.3An open-plan office area.
Example sentences
  • Simon was in his office, and waved to Jim as he entered the bullpen.
  • Stock trader bullpens are packed with video screens.
  • He never even noticed when the bullpen emptied out at lunch-time.
1.4A large cell in which prisoners are held before a court hearing.
Example sentences
  • There was a detective posing as a prisoner in the bullpen watching and listening to everything they said and did.
  • On the 2nd of January I was called up at 8:00 a.m. I got processed and placed in the bullpen with 10 other prisoners.
  • The prisoners are directed to a bench in a bullpen down the hall, where they stand as they're told.
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