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Examples of bully pulpit in a Sentence
She uses her position as a famous actress as a bully pulpit.
Recent Examples of bully pulpit from the Web
Instead of pondering the State of the State of Ohio or New Hampshire, Kasich used his bully pulpit to sermonize on his and the rest of humanity's state of mind and soul.
The new numbers demonstrate the enduring potency of the bully pulpit, even when the president is unpopular.
The bank is the world’s largest by market value, imbuing its chief executive officer with a powerful bully pulpit.
In addition to promoting the contest from her bully pulpit, Schriro also contacted the Girl Scouts of America and got the organization involved.
Instead of pondering the deep mysteries of why U.S. healthcare costs are so high, Bezos, Buffett and Dimon could have stood upon their bully pulpits and called for an end to this sabotage of the Affordable Care Act.
That speech delighted supporters, who saw his on-script performance as evidence that Trump, a mercurial political novice, could seize the power of the bully pulpit.
Though not entirely accurate, the tweet sent chills through the defense industry, which feared the president-elect’s bully pulpit, and the U.S. Air Force eventually reduced the price by buying a pair of 747s abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline.
My rule of thumb on fights between the Congress and the President usually boils down to one simple idea – never underestimate the power of the President, and his bully pulpit to drive home his arguments.
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Bully vs bully pulpit
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.
First Known Use of bully pulpit
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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