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Word origin of 'bully pulpit'
< phrase attributed by G. Putnam (1926) to Roosevelt2 (sense 3)
, referring to the presidency as offering “such a bully [= fine] pulpit” for preaching:
present use from later interpretation of bully
in this phrase as , sense bully1 (sense 1)