a bull in a china shop

Definition of a bull in a china shop

:a person who breaks things or who often makes mistakes or causes damage in situations that require careful thinking or behavior
  • As a politician, he was a bull in a china shop and often had to apologize for his rough speech.

Word by Word Definitions

bull play
  1. : a male bovine

  2. : a usually adult male of various large animals (such as elephants, whales, or seals)

  3. : one who buys securities or commodities in expectation of a price rise or who acts to effect such a rise — compare bear

  1. : of or relating to a bull

  2. : male

  3. : suggestive of a bull

  1. : to advance forcefully

  2. : to act on with violence

  3. : force

  1. : a solemn papal letter sealed with a bulla or with a red-ink imprint of the device on the bulla

  2. : edict, decree

  1. : to fool especially by fast boastful talk

  2. : to engage in idle and boastful talk

  1. : a grotesque blunder in language

  2. : empty boastful talk

  3. : nonsense

china play
  1. : porcelain

  2. : earthenware or porcelain tableware

shop play
  1. : a handicraft establishment : atelier

  2. : a building or room stocked with merchandise for sale : store

  3. : a small retail establishment or a department in a large one offering a specified line of goods or services

  1. : to examine goods or services with intent to buy

  2. : to hunt through a market in search of the best buy

  3. : to make a search : hunt


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