Message 116: Bully in a China Shop

A line of “A Punch-Up at a Wedding,” the eleventh song on Hail to the Thief, is:

a bully in a china shop

The common use of this phrase often substitutes “bull” for “bully.” The phrase’s entry in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable reads: “A maladroit hand interfering with a delicate business; one who produces reckless destruction.”

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