bull session n.
1. (US) usu. of men, a period of sitting around, gossiping.
|letter in Dear Folks at Home (1919) 7: Generally, in the evening, just before taps, we hold ‘bull’ sessions.|
|Plastic Age 77: Night after night the students gathered in groups in dormitory rooms and fraternity houses, discussing football, football, football; even religion and sex, the favorite topics for ‘bull sessions’ could not compete with football.|
|Gas-House McGinty 18: I’m gonna take a little walk and keep away from the bull session.|
|‘Whitman College Sl.’ in AS XVIII:2 Apr. 154/2: sling the bull, bull, bull session. Closely related terms [...] heated discussion.|
|Life in a Putty Knife Factory (1948) 206: Once every month or so Fred [...] creeps off into the wilds of Queens for a bull session involving his good friend Alton Cook and myself.|
|Catcher in the Rye (1958) 174: If you were having a bull session in somebody’s room, and somebody wanted to come in, nobody’d let them in if they were some dopey, pimply guy.|
|LBJ Brigade (1967) 38: He makes us fidgety, he wants to have a college bullsession.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 15: It was better to play mysterious with the guys at bullshit sessions, just play it cool as to who and how you copped.|
|Dear ‘Herm’ 100: They do not stall around about hitting right to the gut in our ‘bull sessions’.|
|Christine 20: They were ready to take part in an all-night bull-session on the space programme.|
|(con. 1930s–60s) Guilty of Everything (1998) 280: I would have a weekly consultation with a psychiatrist but it was little more than a bullshit session.|
|Boots of Leather (2014) 199: [of lesbian women] It wasn’t until later that she got into bull sessions about such topics [i.e. having sex].|
|Hearts in Atlantis (2000) 446: Save that language for your bull sessions.|
|at www.tristateveterans.com [Internet] The Dakota Bull Session is an annual reunion of all military veterans.|
2. (US black/teen) police interrogation [plays on bull n.5 (1)].
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 106: De bull sessions those coppers hold in them stations are back-breaking.|