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Meaning of "a bull in a china shop" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF A BULL IN A CHINA SHOP

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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE A BULL IN A CHINA SHOP

a bad lot
a bad patch
a bad penny
a bag of bones
a bag of cats
a beam in one´s eye
a bed of roses
a big ask
a big fish in a small pond
a bird in the hand
a bit
a bit much
a bit of
a bit of all right
a bit of slap and tickle
a bit thick
a bolt from the blue
a breath of fresh air
A bursary
a capella

WORDS THAT END LIKE A BULL IN A CHINA SHOP

all over the shop
beauty shop
bike shop
body repair shop
body shop
cake shop
coffee shop
flower shop
gift shop
machine shop
one-stop shop
pawn shop
pet shop
Photoshop
print shop
repair shop
sex shop
shut up shop
sports shop
thrift shop
video shop

Synonyms and antonyms of a bull in a china shop in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «a bull in a china shop» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF A BULL IN A CHINA SHOP

Find out the translation of a bull in a china shop to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of a bull in a china shop from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «a bull in a china shop» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

在瓷器店里的公牛
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

un elefante en una cacharrería
570 millions of speakers

English

a bull in a china shop
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

एक चीन की दुकान में एक बैल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

ثور في متجر للخزف الصيني
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

бык в посудной лавке
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

um touro numa loja de porcelana
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

একটি চীন দোকান মধ্যে একটি ষাঁড়
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

un éléphant dans un magasin de porcelaine
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Seekor lembu di kedai china
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ein Stier im Porzellanladen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

中国ショップで強気
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

중국 상점에서불
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

A sapi ing toko china
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

một con bò trong một cửa hàng Trung Quốc
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒரு சீன கடையில் ஒரு காளை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

चीनच्या दुकानात एक बैल
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Çin dükkânında boğa
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

un elefante in un negozio di porcellane
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Byk w składzie porcelany
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

бик в посудній лавці
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

un taur într- un magazin de portelanuri
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ταύρος σε υαλοπωλείο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

´n bul in ´n china shop
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

en elefant i en porslinsbutik
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

en okse i en porselensbutikk
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of a bull in a china shop

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «A BULL IN A CHINA SHOP»

The term «a bull in a china shop» is quite widely used and occupies the 26.928 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about a bull in a china shop

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «A BULL IN A CHINA SHOP»

Discover the use of a bull in a china shop in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to a bull in a china shop and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Cartoon-illustrated Metaphors: Idioms, Proverbs, Cliches, ...
... upsets others or plans — like a bull in a china shop !! ln 1834 Frederick Marryat wrote in his novel, Jacob Faithful: "Whatever it is that smashes, Mrs. T. always swears it was the most valuable thing in the room. l'm like a bull in a china shop." !
Kaiman Lee, 2003
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A Bull in a China Shop
'A Bull in a China Shop' focuses on the following sounds: double consonants, e.g. 'll' as in 'bull', blended consonants, e.g. 'ng' as in 'rang' and two or three consonants together, e.g. 'lp' as in 'help, and 'sm' as in 'smash'.
Gill Munton, 2002
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Speaking of Animals: A Dictionary of Animal Metaphors
BULL IN A CHINA SHOP like a bull in a china shop. Without regard for the feelings or property of others. HOI: 1834. Source: BULL. WNNCD: O.E. The metaphor is an amplification of an Aesop fable about an ass in a potter's shop. A bull would ...
Robert Allen Palmatier, 1995
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Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
idioms like a bull in a china shop If someone is like a bull in a china shop, they are very careless in the way that they move or behave: We told her it was a delicate situation but she went into the meeting like a bull in a china shop. • take the bull ...
‎2008
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The Career Guide Book for Engineers
The perfect analogy is a bull in a china shop. Fine china shops are usually very small with many displays around the shop. One has to move carefully and make sure not to knock over or break anything. Well, a bull is not a graceful animal and  ...
John A. Hoschette, 2010
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Tarot Face to Face:
Querent: It's like a bull in a china shop, really. So now we have a metaphor, a bull in a china shop. You can then design a spread based on that concept. You can frame the questions in any particular way, echoing the querent's own language.
Marcus Katz, Tali Goodwin, 2012
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Bentley's Miscellany
If it has passed into a common saying that the unrestrained licence of will be typified by the comparison of "A Bull in a China-shop," it follows that an outrage of such a nature must, at some period or other, have been committed. Again, it is ...
Charles Dickens, William Harrison Ainsworth, Albert Smith, 1844
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Building Community: The Human Side of Work
The bull must realize that others need to express themselves too, and should show respect for them by listening. People who rarely ask for others' opinions or listen to their problems, have a bull-in-a-china-shop style of human relations, and  ...
George Manning, Kent Curtis, Steve McMillen, 1996
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Dancing with Idioms 3:
a bull in a China shop Bob startled the folks in the coffee shop when he slipped and slid into a belly flop knocking pots off the table top Bob was like a bull in a china shop Meaning 'Like a bull in a china shop' means to move or act clumsily or  ...
WP Phan, 2013
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"idioms like a bull in a china shop If someone is like a bull in a ... We told her it was a delicate situation but she went into the meeting like a bull in a china shop. . take the bull by the horns to do something difficult in a brave and determined way : ...

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «A BULL IN A CHINA SHOP»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term a bull in a china shop is used in the context of the following news items.
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“I don't concern myself at all with criticism from the fans,” insists …
He was like a bull in a china shop when I watched his previous fights but he was a kitten when we fought. “I've had a brief look at Howard. «The42, Jul 15»
2
Troubled time for Najib
But he has been like a bull in a china shop when taking on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. His attacks against Najib have eased a ... «The Star Online, Jul 15»
3
NYT Bans Mohammad Cartoons – Runs This Instead . . .
Johnson believes it is her job to come between parent and child… to shake things up like a bull in a china shop… force a conversation on ... «Liberty News Now, Jul 15»
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Lawerence Denney navigates from partisan speaker to less-partisan …
Some thought he would take office like a bull in a china shop, cleaning house, shaking things up. Instead, he asked his predecessor's entire ... «The Idaho Statesman, Jul 15»
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It's Not Enough to "Be Authentic"
Other people act like a bull in a china shop, racing from one whim to another, without any concern for the damage they do. Do we really want a ... «Pulse, Jun 15»
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It's Not Enough to "Be Authentic"Bruce KasanoffInfluencer
Other people act like a bull in a china shop, racing from one whim to another, without any concern for the damage they do. Do we really want a ... «LinkedIn, Jun 15»
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Kiryat Arba Synagogue Demolished Yet Again
... Ben-Gvir denounced the demolition, accusing the Hevron Brigade commander of "inciting the area and behaving like a bull in a china shop.". «Arutz Sheva, Jun 15»
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Meet Superintendent Chuck Ledbetter
“You don't want to come in like a bull in a China shop and destroy positive things that are going on in the schools,” Ledbetter said. Ledbetter is ... «Dothan Eagle, Jun 15»
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Working Within the System to Disrupt Brazilian Politics
... an avowed leftist, is enjoying his own surge, navigating the corridors of power in the capital, Brasília, with the grace of a bull in a china shop. «New York Times, Jun 15»
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Jack Black: 'Turns out being waterboarded really is pretty torturous'
... exuberant and often vaguely absurd, a lovable clown-like goofball whose acting relied heavily on the physical – 'a bull in a china shop', ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jun 15»

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