1. nonsense, lies.
|Dly Gaz. (Las Vegas, NM) 12 Sept. 1: Special Agent Adams came in from Denver yesterday and last night arrested B– S– Jack, Slap Jack Bill, both noted characters, and a man named Webb at a saloon on the east side.|
|in Rose Letters of Wyndham Lewis (1963) 66: Eliot has sent me Bullshit and the Ballad for Big Louise. They are excellent bits of scholarly ribaldry.|
|Enormous Room (1928) 194: When we asked him once what he thought about the war, he replied, ‘I t’ink lotta bullsh-t,’ which, upon copious reflection, I decided absolutely expressed my own point of view.|
|Call It Sleep (1977) 246: Dot’s a lodda bullshit, Pedey.|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 340: I’m not political, that’s bullshit, everything’s bullshit.|
|On The Road (1972) 48: You’re talking absolute bullshit.|
|Rage in Harlem (1969) 125: I don’t believe a God-damned word of that bullshit.|
|Cannibals 68: Money talks – bullshit walks.|
|All Looks Yellow to the Jaundiced Eye 103: Pure bull and a yard wide, but the melody caught me by the throat and made me gulp.|
|Street Players 10: That ain’t nothing but bullshit ya keep kickin’ back and forth.|
|Brown’s Requiem 145: It had started out to be rhapsodic bullshit, but on finishing I felt that the whole fabric of lies contained some intrinsic truth.|
|(con. c.1970) Phantom Blooper 189: Man, you are so out of date, even your bullshit is bullshit.|
|Filth 188: No way am I taking any bullshit fae the likes of Drummond.|
|Indep. Rev. 9 Aug. 1: That’s what’s happening here, the same old hippie bullshit.|
|Wind & Monkey (2013) [ebook] Warren reckoned she was just plain frustrated and under all the feminist bullshit she’d kill for a root.|
|Westsiders 151: There was a lot of bullshit, man. There was so much turmoil in the air.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] The whole idea of ‘auras’ was so much new age bullshit.|
|Life 58: Rock and roll [...] no bullshit, no violins and ladies’ choruses and schmaltz.|
|Guardian 18 Dec. 18/1: It’s been a marvellous year for bullshit .|
|August Snow [ebook] ‘Church is exactly the place for bullshit’.|
|Scrublands [ebook] ‘It’s bullshit, but people believe what they want to believe’.|
2. (also bull manure) rubbish, anything second-rate or useless.
|Letters to James Joyce (1968) 25: I enclose a prize sample of bull shit.letter 14 Feb. in Read|
|Sel. Letters (1981) 425: In talk you can winnow out the bullshit which we put so pontifically when we write literary letters.letter 16 Dec. in Baker|
|Bound for Glory (1969) 383: They want ya ta sing pure ol’ bull manure an’ nothin else.|
|We Were the Rats 124: I doan want any bible-bashing bastard who’s never seen me before mumblin’ any bull— over me.|
|letter 9 June in Leader (2000) 556: This is just the official bullshit – thanks anyway for your stuff.|
|City of Night 27: All those lights, sure you think theyre Pretty [...] It’s bullshit — got the same fuckin lights in New Orleans.|
|Life and Times of Little Richard (1985) 129: I didn’t accept that kind of bullshit.|
|Corner (1998) 78: S’all bullshit out there nowadays [...] Nothing but got-damn chemicals. Ain’t been no real dope out here for ten years.|
|Crumple Zone 15: Yuppie balconies on the opposite bank laden with Ikea bullshit.|
3. an object or task that is seen as annoying, irritating or ‘nonsense’.
|Mint (1955) 85: He knew my painstaking was a defiant judgement upon himself. ‘You’re good at bull-shit,’ he wheezed [...] ‘now come and set out my knives and forks.’ [Ibid.] 88: ‘Proper bull-shit,’ grumbled Lofty when made to Silvo his boot-blacking tin till it simulated silver. Bull-shit it was.|
|Swag, the Spy and the Soldier in Lehmann Penguin New Writing No. 26 56: Parades and bullshit got on his wick.|
|‘Bullshit’ in Mess Songs & Rhymes of the RAAF 23: Bullshit, it doesn’t mean a thing to us, / Bullshit, who cares if Airborne makes a fuss.|
|Right As Rain 161: Franklin pointed a lazy finger at the unit. ‘Uh-uh. Turn that bullshit off or I walk away.’.|
|Rubdown [ebook] I told you to stay away from this bullshit.|
|Constitutionally Speaking 29 Oct. [Internet] Obvious bull manure, the poor die, the rich get laid and live.|
4. showing off.
|(con. WWII) Soldier Erect 31: Heyes front! Bags of bullshit! Show these bloody Wogs they’ve got the Mendips here!|
5. an argument.
|No Beast So Fierce 72: Okay, Willy. Forget our little bullshit.|
|Blood Brothers 2: If he gave Tommy any bullshit he would get a flick behind the ear that would sting like a bastard.|
6. (US drugs) marijuana.
|(con. 1969) M. Herr Dispatches 131: We can smoke some bullshit.|
7. used metonymically to characterize a person.
|(con. 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 232: His voice took a deep dive until he sounded just like his big bullshit of an old man.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] I’ve just had a very interesting conversation with Chief Inspector Slater, you know bullshit of the yard.‘To Hull and Back’|
anyone with a good line of persuasive, if insincere patter.
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 71: Conn was the b.s. artist from way back.|
|China Station 37: Name Ah Yuan Age You name it Occupation Bullshit artist Address Doubtful.|
|Goodbye to The Hill (1966) 173: Redmond, the king of the all-time bullshit artists.|
|Mean Streets [film script] 21: You are [...] the biggest, most pretentious bullshit thrower I know.|
|Maledicta 1 (Summer) 14: If he is fundamentally dishonest and a liar to boot, he’s a bullshitter, or a bullshit artist (B.A.).|
|Puberty Blues 115: Look at Lorraine Peck. The bullshit artist [...] She doesn’t hit up you know. She just scratches herself and coughs, the rag.|
|London Fields 191: A performing artist, a bullshit artist, something of a piss artist, and a considerable sack artist.|
|Yes We have No 200: The only ones who are in clover are the bullshit artists.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 40: I put the art in bullshit artiste.‘Where I Get My Weird Shit’ in|
|Londonstani (2007) 14: Greasy sleazebag bullshit merchant.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘It’s terrific to finally meet you. Simone talks about you all the time.’ No I didn’t. What a bullshit artist.|
(N.Z.) Air Force headquarters, then subseq. Parliament.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 37: Bullshit Castle Air Force headquarters, in the perception of our WWII airmen, applied frequently ever since to Parliament.|
see bull session n.
|(con. 1960s) Whoreson 235: Stella had given me an outright, no-bullshit choice.|
|Golden Orange (1991) 38: She wore those round, no bullshit, yuppie eyeglasses.|
|Black Tide (2012) [ebook] Jack [...] a piece of no-bullshit advice. You don’t want to be involved.|
|Turning Angel 196: Sonny fixes me with a no-bullshit stare.|
|Cherry 106: The guy ended up living. So Burnes had done well and Thorpe was a hero—a no-bullshit, shot hero.|