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bully: familiar endearing term=fine fellow; often prefixed to a proper name or a designation=gallant Tp. V. i. 258 “bully-monster,” Wiv. I. iii. 6, &c., II. iii. 18 “bully doctor,” MND. IV. ii. 20 “O sweet bully Bottom!,” H5 IV. i. 48 “the lovely bully” ; so bullyrook Wiv. I. iii. 2, &c. (not pre-S.; a common 17th cent. form was ‘bully-rock’).
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    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 4.1
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