Definition of bull session in US English:

bull session


North American
  • An informal, typically impromptu discussion, especially among a small group.

    ‘I heard sharper political talk in the all-night bull sessions’
    • ‘When a locker room bull session can bring questions from the FBI, it's clear agents are casting a wide net indeed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There would be no all night brainstorming, no bull sessions, no long policy meetings to hash out differences and no blue jeans.’
    • ‘Anyone who can remember an adolescent sleepover or early morning college bull session knows exactly what I am talking about here.’
    • ‘No more public filings, no more quarterly hoops to jump through, and no more demoralizing bull sessions with analysts and frustrated shareholders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This sounds good in bull sessions, but in the real world it's just not going to happen.’
    • ‘Hold pre-game parties, team nights, get local sportscasters or newspaper columnists in for a bull session with your fans.’
    • ‘How does the humanities classroom differ from the amateur book club or the midnight bull session in the dorm?’
    • ‘The program had a college bull session, rather than professional, atmosphere.’
    • ‘The project for 2002 was hatched, as so many good projects are, during a bull session among four shooters and hunters.’
    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.


bull session

/bo͝ol ˈseSHən//bʊl ˈsɛʃən/