bull-pen

bull pen

noun
1.
Baseball.
a.
a place where relief pitchers warm up during a game.
b.
the relief pitchers on a team.
2.
Informal.
a.
a large cell or room, usually next to the courtroom, where prisoners are temporarily held.
b.
a large room in an office occupied by many employees.
3.
any temporary or crowded quarters, as sleeping quarters in a lumber camp.
4.
a pen for a bull or bulls.
Also, bullpen.


Origin:
1800–10, Americanism for def 4; 1920–25 for def 1

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