shoot the bull

Definition of shoot the bull

US, informal

  1. :  to talk informally about unimportant things I enjoy shooting the bull with my neighbors.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to eject or impel or cause to be ejected or impelled by a sudden release of tension (as of a bowstring or slingshot or by a flick of a finger)

    :  to drive forth or cause to be driven forth by an explosion (as of a powder charge in a firearm or of ignited fuel in a rocket)

    :  to drive forth or cause to be driven forth by a sudden release of gas or air

  1. :  a sending out of new growth or the growth sent out: such as

    :  a stem or branch with its leaves and appendages especially when not yet mature

    :  offshoot

  1. : used to express annoyance or surprise

  1. :  a male bovine

    :  an adult uncastrated male domestic bovine

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

  1. :  of or relating to a bull

    :  male

    :  suggestive of a bull

  1. :  to advance forcefully

    :  to act on with violence

    :  force

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

    :  edict, decree

  1. :  to fool especially by fast boastful talk

    :  to engage in idle and boastful talk

  1. :  a grotesque blunder in language

    :  empty boastful talk

    :  nonsense

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