bullshit

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Etymology[edit]

From bull +‎ shit. In use since the 1920s.

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bullshit (uncountable)

  1. (vulgar, slang) False or exaggerated statements made to impress and deceive the listener rather than inform; nonsense.
    Don't pay any attention to him. He talks a lot of bullshit.
  2. (vulgar, slang) A card game in which the object is to bluff about cards laid down and to determine when one's opponents are bluffing; also known as "BS", "Cheat" or "I Doubt It".
    Anyone want to play a few hands of bullshit?
  3. (vulgar, slang) An object of frustration and/or disgust, often caused by a perceived deception.
    That's total bullshit! I called your office and they said you never came in!
  4. (literally) The faeces of a bull.

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Adjective[edit]

bullshit (comparative more bullshit, superlative most bullshit)

  1. (vulgar, slang) Absurd, irrational, or nonsensical. Most often said of speech, information, or content.
    That's the most bullshit excuse I've ever heard.

Verb[edit]

bullshit (third-person singular simple present bullshits, present participle bullshitting, simple past and past participle bullshitted or bullshit or (rare) bullshat)

  1. (vulgar, slang) To tell lies, exaggerate; to mislead; to deceive.
    I think you're bullshitting. Let’s just call your office and see if you even came in.
    You’re bullshitting me. I called your office and you never even came in.
    He caught my attention with irrelevant asides that didn’t quite make sense, but sounded very erudite if you didn’t think about it too much. In other words, I noticed that he was bullshitting. http://www.languagehat.com/archives/002815.php
  2. (vulgar, slang) To have casual conversation with no real point.
    I will probably just go and bullshit with Joe for awhile.
  3. (vulgar, slang) To come up with on the spot, to improvise poorly.
    We just went on stage and bullshitted the whole concert because we didn't know any songs.

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Interjection[edit]

bullshit!

  1. (vulgar, slang) An expression of disbelief or doubt at what one has just heard.

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