Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bully n.1

[? Du. boel, a lover of either sex]

1. a good fellow, a companion [post-18C use is mainly US].

[UK]J. Bale Comedye Concernyng Three Lawes (1550) Ciii: sodomisnus: The woman hath a wytt, And by here gere can fytt, Though she be sumwhat olde. It is myne owne swete bullye [...] My gelouer and my cullye, Yea myne owne swete hart of Golde.
[UK]Jonson Case Is Altered II iv: By your favour, sweet bullies, give them room.
[UK]Merry Devil of Edmonton IV i: Mine host, my bully, my precious consul.
[UK]J. Taylor ‘Praise of Hemp-Seed’ in Works (1869) III 67: Pump bullies, Carpenters, quick stop the leake.
[UK]Tinker of Turvey 9: To tell you true my Bulleys, I looke for Guests this day, if you will Dine with me you shall be welcome.
[UK]Urquhart (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I Bk II 330: Wipe, my pretty minion, wipe my little bully.
[UK]A. Brome ‘The Prisoners’ Songs and Poems 83: Come a brimmer (my bullies) drink whole ones or nothing.
[UK]W. Davenant Siege Act V: Here, my bullies! A health to Agamemnon!
[UK]A Character of London-Village 2: In comes a Cockt-up Bully, Looking big, With Deep-fring’d Elbow Gloves, and Ruffl’d Wig.
[UK]Congreve Old Bachelor II i: Ah, my Hector of Troy, welcome my bully, my back!
[UK]T. Brown Amusements Serious and Comical in Works (1744) III 120: How now, you two confederate brimstones, where are you swimming with your fine top-knots, to invite some Irish bully or Scotch Highlander to scour your cloven furbelows for a petticoat pension?
[UK]Wandering Spy 1 9 June 4: Private Sinners in the Surgeon’s powdering Tub; Town-Bullies pimping at Bawds Chamber-Doors.
[UK]W. King York Spy 26: Over against the George, two Bullies met each other.
[UK]J. Dennis Letters II 407: Shadwell is of Opinion, that your Bully with his Box and his false Dice is an honester Fellow.
[UK]Swift ‘Joan cudgels Ned’ in Miscellanies V (1736) 208: Joan cudgels Ned, yet Ned’s a Bully / Will cudgels Bess, yet Will’s a Cully [...] Die Joan and Will; give Bess to Ned, / And ev’ry Day she combs his Head.
Song of Bewick and Grahame 5: I think it is my nighest Friend, I think it is my Bully Grahame.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) Preface: To these brisk souls I mean to shew, / That full four thousand years ago / Some men were knaves, and some were bullies, / And some were asses, fools, and cullies.
[Ire]M. Lonsdale Spanish Rivals I i: Two bullies in the stocks never bore a pelting in the stocks with more patience than you and I did at St. Roche.
[UK]G. Barrington New London Spy 130: Brown Bear, a house frequented by bloods, bullies, pimps.
[US]J.K. Paulding Bucktails (1847) III ii: I think I had her there, my bully!
[UK]Lytton Paul Clifford I 72: Be a bob-cull, – drop the bullies, and you shall have the blunt!
[US]T. Haliburton Clockmaker III 149: Slick, my bully, I think I see a smart chance of doin’ a considerable stroke of business.
[US]J.H. Green Reformed Gambler 163: An old man [...] who appeared to be chief of the squad, called out in an authoritative tone, ‘Bullies, your presence on the after guard!’.
[UK]E. Greey Queen’s Sailors III 249: Boys, who believed their mess-bullies possessed the most profound knowledge of nautical human affairs.
[US]G. Devol Forty Years a Gambler 51: I got into a game with one of their bullies.
[UK]Southern Reporter 9 Nov. 4/4: Salute him, buillies, He’s the charley-pitcher for to handle this butter-box.
[US]T.J. Hains Mr Trunnell Mate of the Ship ‘Pirate’ Ch. i: I saw what ye were when I first raised ye coming along the dock, and sez I, ye’re just my size, my bully.
[UK]J. Masefield ‘Yarn of the Loch Achray’ Salt-Water Ballads 4: And the crew yelled ‘Take our love to Liz— / Three cheers, bullies, for old Pier Head’.
[US]Day Book (Chicago) 22 July 7/2: Why that’s Bully Richardson, the best football player Annapolis ever had.
[US]L.A. Times 20 Mar. 176/3: ‘Come, bullies! Sing out!’.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Mules and Men (1995) 69: Wake up, bullies, and git on de rock. ’Tain’t quite daylight but it’s four o’clock.

2. a thug hired for purposes of violence or intimidation.

[UK]R. L’Estrange Fables of Aesop XI 10: In comes a Crew of Roaring Bullies, with their Wenches, their Dogs and their Bottles.
[UK]T. Shadwell Epsom Wells II i: A Company of them that lye upon the snap for young Gentlemen, as Rooks and Bullies do for their Husbands when they come to Town.
[UK]Poor Robin True Character of a Scold 6: She [...] ferrets his Haunts abroad worse than a needy Bawd does a decay’d Bully’s.
[UK]Otway Soldier’s Fortune I i: I shall be ere long as greasy as an Alsation bully.
[UK]N. Ward London Spy I 10: He can [...] out Huff a Bully, out Wrangle a Lawyer, out Cant a Puritan, out Cringe a Beau, out Face Truth and out Lye the Devil.
[UK]T. Brown Amusements Serious and Comical in Works (1744) III 14: Turn out there, you country putt, says a bully with a sword two yards long.
[UK]Swift Tale of a Tub 133: He looked like a drunken Beau, half rifled by Bullies.
[UK]T. Lucas Lives of the Gamesters (1930) 143: This fellow [i.e. Bully Dawson] was a noted bully about London for many years.
[UK]J. Dalton Narrative of Street-Robberies 52: Two Bullies came into the Room, who beat him to that Degree, he could scarce see for a Fortnight.
[UK]Smollett (trans.) Adventures of Gil Blas I 133: One of your professed bullies, who take upon themselves the office of arbiters.
[UK]Memoirs of an Oxford Scholar 54: In a few Minutes we were in the Throng of Bullies, Sharpers, Pimps, Pickpockets and Gentlemen.
[UK]H. Howard Choice Spirits Museum 13: But ask the Bullies, Bawds and Whores, Who most in vice excell.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 93: Now paris, like our modern bullies / Fancy’d he could not scare the cullies [...] Unless he clench’d it with an oath.
[UK]New Cheats of London Exposed 24: bullies [...] Their rendezvous is among bawds and whores; they eat their bread and fight their battles; hector and insult their cullies, gather sometimes their contribution and occasionally pimp, betray and set .
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 4: To this sad pass the bully’s freaks / Had brought his countryfolks the Greeks.
[UK]‘C. Caustic’ Petition Against Tractorising Trumpery 71: Choose a chief before you start, A bully bold as Bonaparte.
[UK]Egan Boxiana I 6: [note] His Lordship was very fond of larking, and whenever he could not come through the piece in style, hooper appeared as his bully [...] and many a time he has saved his patron a good milling.
[UK](con. early 17C) W. Scott Fortunes of Nigel II 131: An extravagantly long rapier and poinard [...] marked the true Alsatian bully.
[UK] ‘Richardson, the Showman’ Bentley’s Misc. Feb. 180: Smithfield became [....] the rendezvous of bullies and bravoes, till it earned the appropriate name of ‘Ruffians’ Hall’.
[UK]Thackeray Barry Lyndon (1905) 37: I hope to spoil this sport [...] and trust to see this sword of mine in yonder big bully’s body.
[UK]F.E. Smedley Frank Fairlegh (1878) 482: You’re a willain, and I could find in my heart to serve you as your precious nephew [...] and his hired bullies have served me.
[UK]H. Kingsley Recollections of G. Hamlyn (1891) 237: Not with long streaming ribands down his back, like a Pitt Street bully, but with short and modest ones, as became a gentleman.
[UK]T. Archer Pauper, Thief and Convict 125: The knot of bullies who are the accursed henchmen of the stew.
[US]J. O’Connor Wanderings of a Vagabond 229: To preserve order at least one bully was maintained on the premises.
[UK]Clarkson & Richardson Police! 348: ‘Picking-up molls’ [...] are ‘put on’ to old ‘swells’ who are the worse for drink, or farmers and other who may be in the same condition, and having got them into corners or secluded places, ease them of their money and watches. Should an outcry be made, their ‘guns,’ or ‘bullies,’ come to their help.
[UK]A. Morrison Child of the Jago (1982) 96: A patron arrived who knew him of old; who had employed him, indeed, as ‘minder’ — which means a protector or bully, as you please to regard it.
[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 130: The bully showed his teeth and drew his fist back.
[US]Day Book (Chicago) 4 Nov. 11/1: A hardened ill-feeling bully gets a sound slap in the face from the hands of a pretty girl [...] the big, strong, brutish man who rules [...] by the right of physical strength.
[US]Eve. Star (Wash., DC) 11 Apr. 58/4: Wait!’ the bully exclaimed. ‘Dead men can tell no tales’ [...] Have I not come [...] with special orders for this business.
[US]J. Sikakane Window on Soweto 58: We heard voices screaming and we looked. There were six bully-like white fellows in the car, gesticulating with their fists.

3. a pimp, a procurer.

[UK]H. Mill Nights Search I 53: Come my little Pander [...] Go on my bully, as thou hast begun; Ile pay thee bravely, when thy worke is done.
[UK] ‘Believe Me, Dear Mall’ in P.W. New Songs 47: Let the wealth of thy Cully Provide for thy Bully, Then his weapon will always be ready.
[UK]T. Shadwell Squire of Alsatia I i: [stage direction] Enter hackum and another Bully.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Bully, c. a supposed Husband to a Bawd, or Whore.
[UK]Answer to the Fifteen Comforts of Whoring 6: We Pimps and Bullies keep to be our Bail, / When Sharping Baliffs nabb us for a Jayl.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 135: A grim-fac’d Bully [...] looking out of the Window.
[UK]‘Whipping-Tom’ Expensive Use of Drinking Tea I 19: Every Bully that goes, thro’ his Familiarity with the Pox, [...] must have a Dish to talk over his foul and obscene Discourse.
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 65: A Street pretty famous for furnishing young Prentices with Women’s Flesh, and for being the common Receptacle of Bullies.
[UK]Life and Character of Moll King 8: Here you might see Ladies of Pleasure [...] attended by Fellows habited like Footmen, who were their Bullies.
[UK]Thief-Catcher 10: Desperado Bullies keep large Houses and pay considerable Rent.
[UK]O. Goldsmith Vicar of Wakefield (1883) 147: The lady was only a woman of the town, and the fellow her bully and a sharper.
[UK]R. King Frauds of London 16: Bullies are dependants on Bawds and Whores; sometimes the Bully pretends to be the husband of the whore, whose bread he eats, whose quarrel he fights, and at whose call he is always ready to act and do as commanded.
[UK]M. Leeson Memoirs (1995) III 148: He [...] picked up culls and would have turned bully for us, had he spirit enough.
[UK] ‘The Rakes of Stony Batter’ in Holloway & Black I (1975) 223: And bring their splinters home, to their beloved Bully.
[UK]G. Andrewes Stranger’s Guide or Frauds of London 4: [as cit. 1770].
[UK]B.H. Malkin (trans.) Adventures of Gil Blas (1822) 11 105: They play the comedy of love in many masks; and are the prude, the coquette, or the virago, as they fall in with the quiz, the coxcomb, or the bully.
[UK]W. Perry London Guide 126: In the house of ill-fame [...] you get kicked and abused by the bully, who is always in attendance and understands the use of his fists.
[UK]Vidocq Memoirs (trans. W. McGinn) II 194: Gueuvive, or Antin, was a fencing master, who [had] served as bully to the lowest prostitutes.
[US]N.-Y. Daily Advertiser 25 Nov. 1/7: On Friday morning, Mrs. Ellen Lazard, the mistress of a house of infamy at No. 16 Centre street with [4 whores] and Charles Van Doren, the bully of the house [were arrested].
[UK] ‘The Fine Young Common Prostitute’ Cuckold’s Nest 41: She kept a regular bully big, / They call him Irish Mike, / He collared all her ochre, / And he had meat when he liked.
[UK] ‘The Swell Coves Alphabet’ Nobby Songster 27: B. for bilking bulleys, and old bawds of their pay.
[UK]J.E. Ritchie Night Side of London 40: A lounge open all night for the entertainment of bullies and prostitutes.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor IV 358/1: The generality of the girls of the Haymarket have no bullies, but live in furnished apartments.
[UK]Wild Boys of London I 140/1: Michael noticed a deal of whispering going on between Lady Bet and her bully.
[UK]Sl. Dict. 101: Bully [...] in the language of the streets, a man of the most degraded morals, who protects fallen females, and lives off their miserable earnings.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Mar. 13/1: So blasphemous had this praying business become during the rouseabout days of Domitian that the giddy ladies of Rome used to hire the priests to offer up prayers, and to say Masses, as it were, for the success of their gladiatorial bullies, or fancy-men, in the prize arena.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) III 446: ‘Call up Bill,’ said she to the girl. I saw that a bully was about to be let on me, and my heart beat hard and fast.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 9 Dec. 5/3: he is the worst brothel-bully in Wooloomooloo [...] and he lives on a lot of unfortunate women .
[UK]J. Caminada Twenty-Five Years of Detective Life I 17: ‘Bullies,’ or ‘Coshers’ were another kind of criminals [...] They got hold of some girl whom they compelled to lead a loose life.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 301: Blind to the world up in a shebeen in Bride street after closing time, fornicating with two shawls and a bully on guard, drinking porter out of teacups.
[UK]J. Curtis They Drive by Night 209: Who was Big Harry? He must be that wretched creature’s bully. [...] To think that a woman should sell her favours, insult a man by asking him for money, and then hand the money over to some oily brute.
[UK]C. MacInnes Absolute Beginners 187: The disproportionate number of coloured ‘bullies’ could not be denied.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.

4. a braggart, a boaster.

[UK]Wycherley Love in a Wood IV i: A Bully that fights not himself, yet takes pleasure to set people together by the ears.
[UK]T. Brown Saints in Uproar in Works (1760) I 74: How now, bully Royster.
[UK]C. Gildon Dialogue from Hell of Cuckoldom 17: We [...] left our Estates to our Wives at our Death, who will be sure to bestow them on some Silly, Hectoring spend-thrift Bully of Alsatia.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy II 54: Gad Damn-me, cries Bully, ’tis done, / Or else I’m th’ Son of a Whore.
[UK]New Canting Dict.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]Smollett (trans.) Adventures of Gil Blas (1822) 1 172: Among the number was one of those professed bullies, who set up for great dons, and are the complete cocks of the tennis-court.
[UK]Bridges Homer Travestie (1764) I 77: Go, bully, go, and learn at school, / First to obey, and then to rule.
[UK]O. Goldsmith She Stoops to Conquer Act IV: I find him no better than a coxcomb and a bully.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: bully, a cowardly fellow, who gives himself airs of great bravery.
[UK]Morn. Post (London) 28 June 3/4: He could not believe that his conduct had been such as the stupid, shirtless rapscallion and bully [...] had said.
[UK](con. early 17C) W. Scott Fortunes of Nigel I 311: You will meet bullies and sharpers, who will strive either to cheat or to swagger you out of your money.
[UK]Marryat Peter Simple (1911) 75: There’s that big bully of a Scotchman coming up the hill.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open 101: Bully, a cowardly blustering fellow.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]Sl. Dict.

5. a prostitute’s client.

[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 187: There were two of her Bullies who doted on her beyond all the rest, a couple of smart young Fellows, who had abundance more in their Pockets, than they had in their Heads.

6. (US Und.) a cosh, a ‘life preserver’.

[US]Matsell Vocabulum 15: bully. A lump of lead tied in a corner of a kerchief.

In compounds

bully back

see separate entries.

bully-banco (n.)

(UK Und.) a criminal who, pretending to be drunk, starts a fight with a stranger so that his accomplices can rob the victim.

[UK]Duncombe New and Improved Flash Dict. n.p.: Bully bancos fellows who prowl the streets in tens or dozens, and one of the party assuming drunkenness takes occasion to quarrel with some genteely dressed person, whose appearance indicates hi[s] having property about him, (the thief[’s]) associates come up, surround, and plunder him.
bully-cock (n.) [fig. use SE cock]

one who deliberately encourages quarrels so as to rob those who are engaged in the argument.

[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. n.p.: bully-cock a Hector or Bravo who sets on People to quarrel, pretending to be a Second to them; and then making Advantage of both.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]E. de la Bédollière Londres et les Anglais 313/1: bully cock, filou qui suscite des querelles, afin de voler les personnes avec lesquelles il se dispute.
bully huff (n.) (also bully huff-cap) [huff n. (1)]

one who poses as a prostitute’s husband then defrauds her client of his money by threats of violence or blackmail.

[UK]Head Canting Academy (2nd edn) 74: No man more constantly imployeth his Brains than this Bully-Huff.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Bully-huff, a poor sorry Rogue that haunts Bawdy-houses, and pretends to get Money out of Gentlemen and others, Rattling and Swearing the Whore is his Wife, calling to his assistance a parcel of Hectors.
[UK]N. Ward Hudibras Redivivus I:8 14: Because they love like Bully Huff, / To Things decide by Kick and Cuff .
[UK]New Canting Dict.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: A bully huff cap; a hector.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK](con. 18C) W. Scott Guy Mannering (1999) 149: Here, mother [...] here’s a cup of the right for you, and never mind that bully-huff.
[UK]Sussex Advertiser 14 Apr. 4/3: [We] soon passed a long string of gaggers, priggers, Adam Tylers, fancy coves, autum [sic] morts, gammoners, sweetners, uprightmen, bully huffs, lully priggers, star gazers, and coves of all sorts.
[UK]Sussex Advertiser 14 Apr. 4/3: [We] soon passed a long string of gaggers, priggers, Adam Tylers, fancy coves, autum [sic] morts, gammoners, sweetners, uprightmen, bully huffs, lully priggers, star gazers, and coves of all sorts.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
bullyrag/bullyragging

see separate entries.

bully-rock (n.) (also bully-rook, bull-rook) [rook n.1 (1)]

1. a boon companion.

[UK]Shakespeare Merry Wives of Windsor II i: How now, bully-rook! thou’rt a gentleman.
[UK]J. Shirley Witty Fair One III iv: Hang fevers! let’s to the tavern, and inflame ourselves with lusty wine, suck in the spirit of sack, till we be delphic, and prophesy, my bully-rooke.
[UK]J. Shirley Honoria and Mammon V i: What do we fight for? – For pay, for pay, my Bull-rooks.
[UK] in D’Urfey Madam Fickle II i: Not a Bully Rock of ’em all can come near thee for Gallantry.
[UK]G. Meriton In Praise of York-shire Ale 2: My Bully Rocks, I’ve been experienced long In most of Liquors, which are counted Strong.
[UK] in D’Urfey Comical Hist. of Don Quixote Pt III Epilogue: Yes – There’s a Swinger – by you Bully-Rocks.
[UK]Bridges Homer Travestie (1764) II 191: Well hast thou spoke, / My much-respected bully rock.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 15: Thou my bully-rock will back me.

2. a hired thug, e.g. in a brothel.

[UK]Urquhart (trans.) Rabelais I vii: Bully-rocks, and rogues.
[UK]J. Phillips Maronides (1678) V 50: For you must know he took’t in snuff / That any Rock should him out-huff.
[UK]C. Cotton Compleat Gamester Preface: The Bully-Rock, with mangy fist, and Pox, Justles some out, and then takes up the Box.
[UK]C. Sedley Bellamira Prologue: What Claps y’have met with, and what punks are sound, / Who are the Bully-rocks: and who gives ground.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: bully-rock, a Hector, or Bravo, one that sets on People to a quarrel, pretending to be a Second to them; and then making Advantage of both. The 29th Order of Villains.
[UK]B. Martin Eng. Dict. (2nd edn).
[UK]Bridges Homer Travestie (1764) II 134: That bully rock, the bold Tydides, / First leap’d the ditch which three feet wide is.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 530: One damasus, a bully rock, / A fellow that would nim a smock.
[US]‘Hector Bull-us’ Diverting Hist. of John Bull and Brother Jonathan 40: John saw Fred come strutting into the parlour, looking like a most invincible bully-rock.
T. Carlyle German Romance III 44: In order to have in the vehicle along with me a stout swordsman and hector as spiritual relative and bully-rock so to speak .
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict. 8: Bully rocks – impudent villains kept to preserve order in houses of ill fame.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open [as cit. 1835].
[UK]E.V. Kenealy Goethe: a New Pantomime 133: Cozen, good bye — shake hands, sweet bully-rook!
[Aus]M. Clarke Old Tales of a Young Country 11: He had been the Bohemian, the strolling player, the bon camarado of bully-rooks and swindlers.
R. Grant White Works of William Shakespeare xxxiii: The bully rock is the man who does not give ground, who, in our slang phrase, ‘faces the music’.
bully-ruffian (n.) (also bully-ruffin) [SE ruffian]

1. the penis.

[UK]Urquhart (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I Bk I 44: And some of the other women would give these names, my Roger, my cockatoo, my nimble-wimble, bush-beater, claw-buttock, evesdropper, pick-lock, pioneer, bully-ruffin, smell-smock, trouble-gusset, my lusty live sausage.

2. a highwayman who runs contrary to popular fantasies of gentlemanly robbers by shouting and swearing at his victims, in order to intimidate them further.

[UK]Dryden An Evening’s Love Act III: I’ll bear it off with Huffing; And snatch the Money like a Bully-Ruffin.
[UK]Head Nugae Venales 253: She had learn’d to bounce and huff with any Bully-Ruffin in the Strand, Holborn, or Covent-Garden.
[UK] ‘Satire’ in Lord Poems on Affairs of State (1968) V 386: Amstrong that bully ruffian spark.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: bully-ruffins Highway-men, or Padders, of the most cruel and desperate kind: Who attack with Oaths and Curses, plunder without Mercy, and frequently murder without Necessity.
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 97: There came into the Shop a Bully Ruffian with a pair of Whiskers that covered his Face.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
bully-swagger (n.) [SE swagger]

a ruffianly braggart.

[UK]‘Bill Truck’ Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 397: Now Dick Parker, my lad, what will you and all your saucy bully-swaggers say to that trick?
[UK]A.L. Campbell Tom Bowling II i: You are a sort of bully-swagger, half braggart, half foolish.
bully-trap (n.) [active and passive uses of sense 2 above + SE trap] (UK Und.)

1. a card-sharp, a cheat.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Bully-trap c. or Trapan, c. a Sharper, or Cheat.
[UK]New Canting Dict.
[US]‘Jack Downing’ Andrew Jackson 92: [He] compelled every mountybank, and elbow-shaker, frezier, bully-trap, and janizary, lolly-poop, sea-crab, caper merchant. Badger, Dandy-pratt, and Fidlam-ben [...] tu muster in his army.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.

2. a mild looking man, whose lack of overt aggression fools thugs into thinking that they can take advantage of him.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.

3. see bull trap under bull n.5

bully van (n.)

(UK black teen) a police van.

[UK]J. Cornish Attack the Block [film script] 41: Then Moses got shiffed by the feds and them things attacked the bully van and savaged the bluefoot so we jacked the van.

In phrases