- (simile) Clumsy, aggressive, without care or concern, without self-control.
1855, Robert De Valcourt, The illustrated manners book: a manual of good behavior and polite, page 89:
- An awkward man in society is like a bull in a china shop, always doing mischief.
- (simile) Clumsily, aggressively, without care or concern, without self-control.
1869, Every Saturday: a journal of choice reading, page 108:
- Some comparisons in general use partake of the humorous and satirical, as when one man is said to comport himself "like a bull in a china shop".