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bull pen

or bullpen

  1. a place where relief pitchers warm up during a game.
  2. the relief pitchers on a team.
  1. a large cell or room, usually next to the courtroom, where prisoners are temporarily held.
  2. a large room in an office occupied by many employees.
any temporary or crowded quarters, as sleeping quarters in a lumber camp.
a pen for a bull or bulls.
Origin of bull pen
1800-10, Americanism for def 4; 1920-25 for def 1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He could not throw well enough to make his mark in that famous West ern game of bull-pen.

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster Edward Eggleston
  • Jack was still excluded from the favorite game of “bull-pen.”

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • His imagination travelled on beyond the bull-pen, to the shabby dance-halls along the river.

  • I stuck her over there in the bull-pen and then I come straight to you.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • The next day Pewee chose Jack first in bull-pen, and the game was well played.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • Into this bull-pen, as it was called, Black ushered Carney by the light of a candle.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • Unlock him at seven in the morning, and let him come to the bull-pen.

    Roads of Destiny O. Henry
  • So I said, “Lodgers are often forced into the bull-pen, too, are they not?”

    Broke Edwin A. Brown
  • The company had gathered about the bull-pen, pressing closely against the barrier, that they might lose no part of the show.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • He felt very sure that he could dodge and run in “bull-pen” as well as25 any of them.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston

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