bul·​ly·​boy | \ ˈbu̇-lē-ˌbȯi How to pronounce bullyboy (audio) , ˈbə- \

Definition of bullyboy

: a swaggering bully

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political bullyboys who threaten their opponents unfortunately, some local bullyboys had made the park their turf, and families avoided it
Recent Examples on the Web Barletta was a friend and former student of George Shultz, then U.S. secretary of state, and suddenly critics of Noriega’s bullyboy rule found a more attentive audience within the Reagan administration. Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is dead," 30 May 2017 The election campaign was, in retrospect, the ultimate Trump display of bullyboy arrogance. Michael D'antonio, CNN, "Donald Trump is using the same old bullyboy tactics," 18 May 2017 Chaffetz’s shtick — bullyboy investigator targeting the right’s bogeymen — worked when Hillary Clinton and/or President Obama were his targets. Jennifer Rubin, The Denver Post, "Getting out was Jason Chaffetz’s only good option," 20 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of bullyboy

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Bullyboy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullyboy. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bullyboy

chiefly British : an aggressive or violent man

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