Irish bull

noun

Definition of Irish bull

: an incongruous statement (such as "it was hereditary in his family to have no children")

First Known Use of Irish bull

1734, in the meaning defined above

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“Irish bull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Irish%20bull. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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