bullpen

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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bullpen (ˈbʊlˌpɛn)
 
n
1.  informal (US) a large cell where prisoners are confined together temporarily
2.  baseball a part of a baseball field where relief pitchers warm up

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bullpen
1915, in the baseball sense, from bull (1) + pen (2); perhaps from earlier slang meaning "temporary holding cell for prisoners" (1809). Bullpen also was the name of a baseball-like game played in U.S. late 19c.
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