Definition of bully pulpit in English:

bully pulpit


North American
  • A public office or position of authority that provides its occupant with an opportunity to speak out on any issue.

    ‘he could use the presidency as a bully pulpit to bring out the best in civic life’
    • ‘Some folks would really like to see the late night comedians use their shows as bully pulpits to advance certain positions.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most important strength is the high importance attached to the president's using his bully pulpit to articulate a democratic vision and to attach his personal prestige to the democracy-building endeavor.’
    • ‘But the individuals with the bully pulpit must be out in front, making the case to all citizens that their vote makes a difference.’
    • ‘This latter role offers considerable potential as a bully pulpit.’
    • ‘He responded that he had thought about it, but decided that he can effect a change in the political landscape more thoroughly from his bully pulpit on the air.’
    • ‘After all, why didn't he mount his bully pulpit and say so at the time?’
    • ‘President Kennedy took to television and declared from the bully pulpit: ‘We are confronted primarily with a moral issue.’’
    • ‘But what's wrong with having a bully pulpit, using that kind of forum as a bully pulpit to talk about these economic issues?’
    • ‘But when you hold the White House those approaches really can work - because you have three levers of power, the executive branch, the bully pulpit and the veto pen.’
    • ‘So he did the best he could with what he had: he used his office as a bully pulpit to speak the truth about our neglectful shepherds.’
    • ‘He has to either compromise with the opposition parties, or else use the bully pulpit of the presidency to sway public opinion which in turn would affect opposition policy.’
    • ‘His was a conception of the presidency in which there was little room for the bully pulpit.’
    • ‘If conservatives truly believe in a meritocracy, why aren't they busy denouncing this kind of thing, using their bully pulpit to shame rich whites into stopping this practice?’
    • ‘You know, after a setback, most presidents use the bully pulpit to go speechifying.’
    • ‘And basically using the authority of my office, and the bully pulpit, to campaign for them up and down the state.’
    • ‘But the position has also become a bully pulpit, letting the occupant rattle everyone from underperforming CEOs to the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange.’
    • ‘I don't care if we like it or not, the Republicans are the ones with the money and the bully pulpit and they're going to hammer on it.’
    • ‘Some in the industry used the opportunity as a bully pulpit to lecture the media.’
    • ‘More than that, this nation needs a president who uses his bully pulpit to seriously promote responsible behavior by corporate executives.’
    • ‘But as part of a broader cultural argument from the bully pulpits of government, churches, foundations, and academia, it is essential.’


Early 20th century: apparently originally used by President Theodore Roosevelt, explaining his personal view of the presidency.


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