Definition of bully pulpit
: a prominent public position (such as a political office) that provides an opportunity for expounding one's views; also : such an opportunity
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Examples of bully pulpit in a sentence
She uses her position as a famous actress as a bully pulpit.
Did You Know?
Bully pulpit comes from the 26th U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt, who observed that the White House was a bully pulpit. For Roosevelt, bully was an adjective meaning "excellent" or "first-rate"—not the noun bully ("a blustering, browbeating person") that's so common today.
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BULLY PULPIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bully pulpit for English Language Learners
: an important public position that allows a person to express beliefs and opinions to many people
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