[Ads-l] go full bull

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 19 11:31:37 UTC 2014


Cf. HDAS's "full-bull (colonel)" from the 1960s.

Not to mention "go full-balls."

Coincidence?

JL

On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 6:29 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:
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> John Avlon of the Daily Beast says on CNN that lame-duck presidents like to
> "go full-bull."
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> I.e., all out.  Not in Urban Dictionary.
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> 2000
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> http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:fkxlSEfqUVMJ:www.straightbourbon.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-304.html+&cd=33&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
> Would y'all suggest that I buy a bottle of 1849 or just go full bull with
> Very Special Old Fitzgerald?
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> Not necessarily the earliest (of many), just the earliest I found in a
> 30-second scan.
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> It often appears in bull-market investment contexts:  'go all-out in
> expectation of a rise in prices.'
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> JL
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