shoot the bull

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of shoot the bull

US, informal
: to talk informally about unimportant things
  • I enjoy shooting the bull with my neighbors.

Word by Word Definitions

bull play
  1. : a male bovine

  2. : a usually adult male of various large animals (such as elephants, whales, or seals)

  3. : one who buys securities or commodities in expectation of a price rise or who acts to effect such a rise — compare bear

  1. : of or relating to a bull

  2. : male

  3. : suggestive of a bull

  1. : to advance forcefully

  2. : to act on with violence

  3. : force

  1. : a solemn papal letter sealed with a bulla or with a red-ink imprint of the device on the bulla

  2. : edict, decree

  1. : to fool especially by fast boastful talk

  2. : to engage in idle and boastful talk

  1. : a grotesque blunder in language

  2. : empty boastful talk

  3. : nonsense


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