Irish bull

Definitions

  • The Irish Bull
    The Irish Bull
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Irish bull obscene words for unacceptable behavior "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk","what he said was mostly bull"
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Usage

In literature:

This type of tale, indeed, may be pretty fairly paralleled with the ordinary anecdote terminating in a repartee or an Irish bull.
"Heretics" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
This WALK (if I may use the Irish figure of speech called a bull) will be a RIDE.
"Our Village" by Mary Russell Mitford
He'll find himself on the horns of a dilemma if he meddles with a bull that's Irish, says he.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
The book, like its author, was thoroughly Irish, full of bulls and inconsistencies.
"From Chaucer to Tennyson" by Henry A. Beers
No; and that isn't an Irish bull, either.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
Griffin on Irish bull, 441.
"Notes & Queries, Volume 2, May-December, 1850, Index" by Various
Listen to the Irish bull!
"Ruth Fielding in the Great Northwest" by Alice B. Emerson
Two Irish captains, O'Brien and Kelly, were stopping at the Bull Hotel, in the High Street.
"Interludes being Two Essays, a Story, and Some Verses" by Horace Smith
These were the original Irish bulls, we suppose.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, July 22, 1914" by Various
For many years there has been an impression that the linguistic bull is a distinctively Irish animal.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 3" by Various
Again, the Irish bull is droll, but scarcely humorous.
"A Frenchman in America" by Max O'Rell
Clever Irish stories and famous bulls might be given to close the hour.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
The authenticity of the bull is disputed by Irish patriotism, but in vain.
"Irish History and the Irish Question" by Goldwin Smith
Would it, then, be too much of an Irish bull to say that in acquiring English we need to cultivate spontaneity?
"The Teacher" by George Herbert Palmer
Forgive the Irish bull.
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
I therefore assigned as his theme the problem, 'How to sacrifice an Irish bull to a Greek goddess.
"Julia Ward Howe" by Laura E. Richards
The bull which comes out of the sea is also found in Irish legends, and in German ones.
"Zoological Mythology, Volume I (of 2)" by Angelo de Gubernatis
The negroes, like the Irish, are famed for their "bulls and blunders," in illustration of which, many an anecdote is related.
"Antigua and the Antiguans, Volume II (of 2)" by Anonymous
The disposition of the Southern people is very much like that of a butcher's Irish bull-dog.
"Four Years A Scout and Spy" by E. C. Downs
The first tickled me exceedingly, as a genuine specimen of the so-called Irish Bull.
"Mathieu Ropars: et cetera" by William Young
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In poetry:

Among the stock jokes it is oft averred
The Irish Bull is best of all the heard.
He has no points, he has no head or tail,
But many a jovial party he'll regale.
And all his hearers will with laughter choke,
Except his brother John, who sees no joke.
"A Phenomenal Fauna" by Carolyn Wells

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