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.
Informal. a stubbornly persistent person.
a short-barreled revolver of large caliber.
Metallurgy. slag from a puddling furnace.
an assistant to the proctor at Oxford and Cambridge universities.
like or characteristic of a bulldog or of a bulldog’s jaws:
bulldog obstinacy.
to attack in the manner of a bulldog.
Western U.S. to throw (a calf, steer, etc.) to the ground by seizing the horns and twisting the head.
Contemporary Examples

She’s Number One Lloyd Grove May 18, 2009
How the English Bulldog Lost Westminster But Conquered America Keli Goff February 23, 2013
Alla Bout, ‘Merchant of Death’ Viktor Bout’s Wife, Fights to Free Him Anna Nemtsova September 28, 2012
The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis Richard Ben Cramer January 10, 2014
How the English Bulldog Lost Westminster But Conquered America Keli Goff February 23, 2013

Historical Examples

The River Motor Boat Boys on the St. Lawrence Harry Gordon
Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
Her Father’s Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
Chicken Little Jane Lily Munsell Ritchie

a sturdy thickset breed of dog with an undershot jaw, short nose, broad head, and a muscular body
(at Oxford University) an official who accompanies the proctors on ceremonial occasions
(commerce) a fixed-interest bond issued in Britain by a foreign borrower

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

To advertise horse-race winners falsely; dynamite (1950s+ Gambling)
To attack like a bulldog, esp to wrestle a steer to the ground by the horns (1800s+ & esp cowboys)


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