Definition of like a bull in a china shop in US English:

like a bull in a china shop

phrase

  • Behaving recklessly and clumsily in a place or situation where one is likely to cause damage or injury.

    • ‘We are not going about this like a bull in a china shop.’
    • ‘Whether you are window-shopping at Gucci, barging about Swarovski like a bull in a china shop or knocking over a cosmetics display at Christian Dior, the shop assistants are unfailingly charming.’
    • ‘The new Minister is acting like a bull in a china shop, and prefers to bully everyone into submission.’
    • ‘I haven't seen much of him, but Julius Francis told me he virtually runs out of his corner from the first bell, like a bull in a china shop.’
    • ‘Never an actor to employ a degree of subtlety, Brian is more like a bull in a china shop.’
    • ‘You have to ease your way in, rather than be like a bull in a china shop, which isn't my style anyway.’
    • ‘I've learned so much from my back-up team and I won't be training like a bull in a china shop.’
    • ‘Smillie, topping the bill for the first time in his 15th pro fight, must have been tempted to go off like a bull in a china shop as another full house roared him forward.’
    • ‘Adam snapped back, ‘Look, there's no point going at this like a bull in a china shop.’’
    • ‘Understandably, Hoggard has wanted to build up gradually after all the hard work he did in South Africa last winter and in his three Championship outings with Yorkshire he has been steady rather than going at it like a bull in a china shop.’