bull in a china shop

Idiom Definition 1

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"bull in a china shop"

insensitive to delicate situations


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - bull in a china shop

"bull in a china shop"

to be so clumsy that a person inadvertently breaks things


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - bull in a china shop

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How can the boss be so insentitive to people?

Colleague 2:  I know. I couldn't believe the way he was bothering Bert about Bert being distracted and not paying attention to his work.

Colleague 1:  And with Bert's wife just being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Colleague 2:  I guess the boss can't help being the bull in a china shop that he is.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - bull in a china shop

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  These office renovations are driving me crazy. All the noise and dust is just too much. Not to mention that one workman who is so very clumsy. I don't know how he is permitted on a worksite.

Colleague 2:  I know that workman. He is like a bull in a china shop. He accidentally hit me on the head with a piece of lumber this morning.

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bull in a china shop - Gerund Form:

Being a bull in a china shop, he always manages to say the wrong thing in delicate situations.

Being a bull in a china shop, she did not have a lot of glassware in her house.

bull in a china shop - Examples:

1)  ... for the Church in this situation. The times require diplomacy, not a raging bull in a china shop.

2)  Frankly, I was unsightly. I stood out like a bull in a china shop, around those fragile lollipop ladies with their skinny bodies and ...

3)  ... had the decency to be a bit subtle about it. Abbott is a 'bull in a china shop'!

4)  ... for once, instead of rushing ahead with this tax-against all oppostition, like a bull in a china shop.

5)  ... what she was saying was going to be controversial, but she is a bull in a china shop and said it anyway.

6)  You can come blasting in somewhere like a bull in a china shop, telling people that THEY MUST LIKE YOU AND RELATE TO ...

7)   She has all of the delicate grace and style of your average bull in a china shop when it comes to addressing large crowds.

8)  ... a touch of the dramatic to their lives without becoming the human equivalent of a bull in a china shop, thrashing about and smashing up their relationships trying to get ...

9)  ... their ill considered actions. If they had gone about things in a less 'bull in a china shop' way everyone would have been less stressed and the outcomes ...

10)  ... it was obvious what you were implying. You've all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop

11)  ... to start gently and get the feel of it, not bowl in like a bull in a china shop and try and take over!

12)  ... while no-one expects you to go about your business with the social grace of a bull in a china shop, what I have learned from working with ...

13)  The trick is to make sure you are not so revved up you are a bull in a china shop and can't think clearly. 

14)  We have to keep our composure. We can't just be a raging bull in a china shop.

15)  He coundn't have come in like a bull in a china shop making major changes as that certainly wouldn't have worked.

16)  Instead of taking a softly softly approach they have come at him like a bull in a china shop.

17)  develop your natural "sixth sense". Be flexible-- Don't be like a bull in a china shop. Step back, reevaluate the situation and adjust accordingly.

18)  ... attention grabbers, but can be a bit pushy if you're not careful. Bull in a china shop sort of thing.

19)  Right now it sounds like your, to use a cliche, a bull in a china shop. You're knocking over things and causing a commotion, ...

20)  I support it, but I do think the lack of communication and the current bull in a china shop approach is awful and unnecessary.