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Bulling the Barrel

is pouring water into a rum cask, when it is nearly empty, to prevent its leaking. The water, which gets impregnated with the spirit and is very intoxicating, is called bull.

Seamen talk of bulling the teapot (making a second brew), bulling the coffee, etc.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Bull
Bull and Gate. Bull and Mouth
Bull-dog (A)
Bull-dogs
Bull-necked
Bull-ring
Bull’s Eye
Bulls
Bullet
Bulletin
Bulling the Barrel
Bullion
Bully
Bully-boy (A)
Bully-rook
Bum-bailiff
Bum-boat
Bumble
Bumbledom
Bummarees
Bumper