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EtymologyEdit

Coined by US President Theodore Roosevelt, who referred to his office as a "bully pulpit", by which he meant a terrific platform from which to advocate an agenda. See bully (superb, wonderful).

NounEdit

bully pulpit (plural bully pulpits)

  1. (US) An advantageous position from which to express one's views.
    • 1909 February 27, Lyman Abbott, “A Review of President Roosevelt's Administration: Its Influence on Patriotism and Public Service”, in The Outlook[1], New York, page 430:
      [President Theodore Roosevelt] said: "I suppose my critics will call that preaching, but I have got such a bully pulpit!"