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bulldog

[boo l-dawg, -dog] /ˈbʊlˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/
noun
1.
one of an English breed of medium-sized, short-haired, muscular dogs with prominent, undershot jaws, usually having a white and tan or brindled coat, raised originally for bullbaiting.
2.
Informal. a stubbornly persistent person.
3.
a short-barreled revolver of large caliber.
4.
Metallurgy. slag from a puddling furnace.
5.
an assistant to the proctor at Oxford and Cambridge universities.
adjective
6.
like or characteristic of a bulldog or of a bulldog's jaws:
bulldog obstinacy.
verb (used with object), bulldogged, bulldogging.
7.
to attack in the manner of a bulldog.
8.
Western U.S. to throw (a calf, steer, etc.) to the ground by seizing the horns and twisting the head.
Origin of bulldog
1490-1500
1490-1500; bull1 + dog
Related forms
bulldoggedness, noun
bulldogger, noun
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  • The last time you got lost, it took two boys and a bear and a bulldog to find you.

  • He just wore Diablo down, hung to him like a bulldog, an' beat him out.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Not so Master Blount, in whom the British bulldog had become aroused even to the showing of his teeth.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • "No, it was not," answered Gilman, all the bulldog in his nature coming to the surface.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • But 116Jane had a bulldog grit that carried her over hard places, and she finally achieved a letter.

    Chicken Little Jane Lily Munsell Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for bulldog

bulldog

/ˈbʊlˌdɒɡ/
noun
1.
a sturdy thickset breed of dog with an undershot jaw, short nose, broad head, and a muscular body
2.
(at Oxford University) an official who accompanies the proctors on ceremonial occasions
3.
(commerce) a fixed-interest bond issued in Britain by a foreign borrower
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Word Origin and History for bulldog
n.

c.1500, from bull (n.1) + dog (n.). Perhaps from shape, perhaps because originally used for baiting bulls.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bulldog

bulldog

modifier

: the bulldog edition

noun

  1. The earliest daily edition of a newspaper (1920s+ Newspaper office)
  2. A snub-nosed revolver (1880s+ Police & underworld)

verb

  1. To advertise horse-race winners falsely; dynamite (1950s+ Gambling)
  2. To attack like a bulldog, esp to wrestle a steer to the ground by the horns (1800s+ & esp cowboys)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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