bull pen

noun

Definition of bull pen 

1 : a large cell where prisoners are detained until brought into court

2a : a place on a baseball field where pitchers warm up before they start pitching

b : the relief pitchers of a baseball team

3 : an open work area not divided into offices

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Her model shows that these fault lines could be mitigated if players in the underrepresented group happened to be clustered together in similar roles (Latino players sitting together in the bull pen as relief pitchers, for example). Ben Rowen, The Atlantic, "Finding the Formula for Team Chemistry," 15 June 2018 Chapter 3 Noah, After Trial Day 9 Noah waited alone in the bull pen, a secured detention area of room-like cells on the bottom floor of the courthouse. Lisa Scottoline, Philly.com, "Lisa Scottoline's 'After Anna': Read the first four chapters," 10 Apr. 2018 With Archie Bradley, Andrew Chafin, Zack Godley and Randall Delgado all in the mix, the bullpen took the bull pen, filing in one at a time, as the numbers on the scale went up. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks lineup faces heavy hitter: a 1,985-pound bull," 22 Mar. 2018 Now enter Ricketts from the Cubs' ownership bull pen to replace Wynn in the lead fund-raising position for the RNC. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts to replace a Republican casino tycoon accused of sexual misconduct. No, not Trump. Another one.," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of bull pen

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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