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 BullionBully-boy (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bully.
 
To overbear with words. A bully is a blustering menacer. (Anglo-Saxon, bulgian, to bellow like a bull.)   1
   It is often used, without any mixture of reproof, as a term of endearment, as:—   2
        “O sweet bully Bottom.”—Midsummer Night’s Dream, iv. 4.
        “Bless thee, bully doctor.”—Merry Wives of Windsor, ii. 3.
 


 BullionBully-boy (A). 

 
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