You all know what a bull is right? If not, I’ll tell you…

A bull is a male cow that will usually be found on a farm. They are big powerful animals that usually have horns and a ring through their nose.

bull idioms and sayings with pictures

Click on the pictures below to learn some common idioms and expressions with bulls. Each idiom includes the meaning and a real-life picture example.

common idioms - animal idioms - bull expressions and sayings


meaning – nonsense, completely untrue
example – Laura is a bullshitter; she tells so many lies.

bull sayings - bullshit

cock and bull story

meaning – an extremely unlikely story
example – Rhys gave the teacher a cock and bull story about why he couldn’t do P.E. today.

bull idioms - cock and bull story

hit the bull’s-eye

meaning – achieve the best result
example – We really hit the bull’s-eye with our latest product. The customers are loving it.

bull phrases - hit the bulls-eye

like a bull in a china shop

meaning – a careless/clumsy person who always breaks/damages things
example – I’ll tactfully tell the kids about the cat. You’re like a bull in a china shop.

bull sayings - like a bull in a china shop

take the bull by the horns

meaning – confront a problem head on, be brave and direct
example – I’ve had enough of his bad attitude; I’ll take the bull by the horns and fire him.

bull phrases - take the bull by the horns

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