Reporters spoke to classmates who recalled Ciancia as a shy loner who may have been bullied.
Golden State agriculture workers say the union that was supposed to protect them has bullied them into a terrible contract.
I had trained myself not to go to the bathroom throughout my elementary and junior high school years, because I was bullied.
The sufferers have been bullied, the bullies have suffered, everyone has a wound deeper than someone else.
Mike Elkin talks to the mothers who will no longer be bullied into silence.
Everything could be forgiven except this last blatant, avowed assumption that he had bullied her into submission.
Yes, he has been so harsh to you; but it is his nature, he is so to every one, and you are not the only one whom he has bullied.
Yes, he was abused by his wife, bullied by his wife's mother, and plagued by his six children.
Why were the poor men to be threatened, intimidated, bullied by armed force?
You took possession of his house, bullied his servants, spoiled his children; you did, Lady Kicklebury.
1530s, originally "sweetheart," applied to either sex, from Dutch boel "lover; brother," probably a diminutive of Middle Dutch broeder "brother" (cf. Middle High German buole "brother," source of German Buhle "lover;" see brother (n.)).
Meaning deteriorated 17c. through "fine fellow" and "blusterer" to "harasser of the weak" (1680s, from bully-ruffian, 1650s). Perhaps this was by influence of bull (n.1), but a connecting sense between "lover" and "ruffian" may be in "protector of a prostitute," which was one sense of bully (though not specifically attested until 1706). The expression meaning "worthy, jolly, admirable" (especially in 1864 U.S. slang bully for you!) is first attested 1680s, and preserves an earlier, positive sense of the word.
Excellent; good (1840s+)
: Bully for you! (1780s+)
A track worker; gandy dancer (1900+ Railroad)
[first two senses fr bully, ''a beloved person, darling,'' of obscure origin, attested fr 1538. Bully, ''worthy, admirable,'' used of persons, is attested in 1681]