Definition of bully pulpit in English:

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bully pulpit


[in singular] North American
A public office or position of authority that provides its occupant with an outstanding opportunity to speak out on any issue: he could use the presidency as a bully pulpit to bring out the best in civic life
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  • So he did the best he could with what he had: he used his office as a bully pulpit to speak the truth about our neglectful shepherds.
  • Perhaps the most important strength is the high importance attached to the president's using his bully pulpit to articulate a democratic vision and to attach his personal prestige to the democracy-building endeavor.
  • Some in the industry used the opportunity as a bully pulpit to lecture the media.


Early 20th century: apparently originally used by President Theodore Roosevelt, explaining his personal view of the presidency.

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Syllabification: bul·ly pul·pit

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