Definition of bull session in English:

bull session


North American
  • An informal group discussion.

    ‘I heard sharper political talk in the all-night bull sessions’
    • ‘I figured any chef from a restaurant the caliber of Trio who was cool enough to drop by casually and kick off a bull session about his restaurant was worth checking out.’
    • ‘When a locker room bull session can bring questions from the FBI, it's clear agents are casting a wide net indeed.’
    • ‘All my friends at school had seen the movie and raved about it, so I begged my dad to take me and not leave me at a disadvantage in our Little League dugout bull sessions.’
    • ‘George had settled into a routine of sorts, dog-fighting, attending lectures, censoring mail, having bull sessions with the boys with the occasional bottle of whiskey and working with the others to set up camp and make it comfortable.’
    • ‘Although inane, that post-debate bull session was at least not strongly biased.’
    • ‘Now I can sit around the Round Table for hours rehashing last night's scores or dissecting the peculiarities of anyone not sitting within earshot of our bull session.’
    • ‘How does the humanities classroom differ from the amateur book club or the midnight bull session in the dorm?’
    • ‘There would be no all night brainstorming, no bull sessions, no long policy meetings to hash out differences and no blue jeans.’
    • ‘The difference between PRI and NPR is kind of like the difference between a bull session with particularly astute friends and a lecture by a knowledgeable but vaguely condescending college professor.’
    • ‘No more public filings, no more quarterly hoops to jump through, and no more demoralizing bull sessions with analysts and frustrated shareholders.’
    • ‘The program had a college bull session, rather than professional, atmosphere.’
    • ‘This sounds good in bull sessions, but in the real world it's just not going to happen.’
    • ‘Anyone who can remember an adolescent sleepover or early morning college bull session knows exactly what I am talking about here.’
    • ‘Hold pre-game parties, team nights, get local sportscasters or newspaper columnists in for a bull session with your fans.’
    • ‘He was in Rome for all four sessions of the council as an expert, and loved the experience, especially the evening bull sessions - with many invited guests - that became legendary.’
    • ‘The project for 2002 was hatched, as so many good projects are, during a bull session among four shooters and hunters.’
    • ‘We started this on a really casual basis, where we would get together every once in a while and just kind of have a bull session.’
    • ‘But since I think of the blogosphere as a dorm room bull session writ large, I still like the idea of discussing stuff like this.’
    • ‘In retrospect it is clear that Montgomery spouted just enough in our bull sessions about his feats as a military prisoner to convince naive students that he was indeed a genuine hero.’
    • ‘What happens in those bull sessions is that you are helped along in the process of forming your taste and your aesthetics and your attitude to literature.’
    discussion, talk, chat, gossip, tête-à-tête, heart-to-heart, head-to-head, exchange, dialogue, parley, consultation, conference
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1920s: bull from bull.


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