like a bull in a china shop

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like a bull in a china shop

  1. (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[1], page 89:
      An awkward man in society is like a bull in a china shop, always doing mischief.

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like a bull in a china shop

  1. (simile) Clumsily, aggressively, without care or concern, without self-control.
    • 1869, Every Saturday: a journal of choice reading[2], 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".

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