bull session

noun

: an informal discursive group discussion

Examples of bull session in a Sentence

The governor had a bull session with his staff.
Recent Examples on the Web The newspaper’s staff won the Pulitzer for breaking news for a series of stories on a secret audio recording that exposed Los Angeles City Council members scheming in a crass and racist bull session about political power in the city. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2023 This is a Tom Stoppardesque bull session. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2022 The entire movie is infused with a revolutionary, Year Zero spirit that becomes as exhausting as an undergraduate bull session. Kyle Smith, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2022 This gives the book the feel of a late-night dorm-room bull session of an erudite sort. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 26 Aug. 2022 But Mandel has the stylistic elegance and emotional sympathy to make this more than merely an undergraduate bull session. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 Three days before the running of the Derby, Baffert sat with two reporters, his wife, Jill, and jockey agent Ron Anderson for an hour-long bull session. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2021 The calculations about what should be taught, or better yet what shouldn't be, sound like the workings of an all-night dormitory bull session. Arkansas Online, 4 Jan. 2021 Apparently this was planned before the whiskey-and-weed bull session on The Joe Rogan Experience. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, 30 Nov. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

bull entry 6

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bull session was in 1919

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“Bull session.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bull%20session. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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