bully


bully
I UK [ˈbʊlɪ] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "bully":
present tense I/you/we/they bully he/she/it bullies present participle bullying past tense bullied past participle bullied
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a) to frighten or hurt someone who is smaller or weaker than you

In one study 75 per cent of students reported having been bullied at school.

b) to use your influence or status to threaten or frighten someone in order to get what you want

The government accused the company of bullying its rivals and stifling competition.

bully someone into (doing) something:

We will not be bullied into accepting an agreement that we do not like.

Phrasal verbs:
II UK [ˈbʊlɪ] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "bully":
singular bully plural bullies
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a) someone who frightens or hurts someone who is smaller or weaker than they are

the office/school/class/playground bully

b) someone who uses their influence or status to threaten or frighten someone else in order to get what they want

III UK [ˈbʊlɪ] / US

English dictionary. 2014.

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