bull pen
noun Date: 1809 1. a large cell where prisoners are detained until brought into court 2. a. a place on a baseball field where pitchers warm up before they start pitching b. the relief pitchers of a baseball team 3. an open work area not divided into offices

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  • bull pen — bull′ pen or bull′pen n. 1) spo a) a place where relief pitchers warm up during a baseball game b) the relief pitchers on a team 2) inf Informal. a) a large cell for the temporary detention of prisoners b) any temporary or crowded quarters, as… …   From formal English to slang

  • bull pen — n 1.) the area in a baseball field in which ↑pitchers practise throwing 2.) the ↑pitchers of a baseball team …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bull pen — 1. Baseball. a. a place where relief pitchers warm up during a game. b. the relief pitchers on a team. 2. Informal. a. a large cell or room, usually next to the courtroom, where prisoners are temporarily held. b. a large room in an office… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bull pen —    American    a prison    Where the bull4 puts his victims:     ... ordered them thrown into the bull pen. (Lavine, 1930 some men had been arrested)    It is also any common dormitory for males …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • bull pen — pen in which a bull is kept; cell for the temporary confinement of prisoners or suspects; place where a relief pitcher warms up (Baseball) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bull pen — 1. Baseball. a. a place where relief pitchers warm up during a game. b. the relief pitchers on a team. 2. Informal. a. a large cell or room, usually next to the courtroom, where prisoners are temporarily held. b. a large room in an office… …   Universalium

  • bull pen — noun (C) AmE 1 the area in a baseball field in which pitchers practise throwing 2 the pitchers of a baseball team …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bull pen — A certain place of close confinement at a penitentiary …   Black's law dictionary

  • bull pen — A certain place of close confinement at a penitentiary …   Black's law dictionary

  • bull pen — A name given at some of the state penitentiaries to that part of the prison where prisoners are kept in close confinement. State v Kelley, 118 Or 397, 247 P 146. The name is also given facetiously to the common room in a men s dormitory, the… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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