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Bull in a china shop

A bull is an animal known for its brute strength. Bulls arenít always careful, though. The expression a bull in a china shop is used to refer to a clumsy person who breaks things accidentally. They are not exactly bad or incapable, but because of their clumsiness they are not capable of handling anything delicate.

China shop is a place from where you can buy beautiful crockery made of china clay. The noun crockery can be used to refer to pots, plates, cups and other dishes made of baked clay.

  • Reena is a real bull in a china shop. Donít let her touch your precious crockery. She will break them.

The term bull in a china shop can also be used to refer to a thoughtless person.

  • Rohit is a bull in a china shop. He will do all sorts of stupid things.
  • I was not surprised to hear that Ron has been sacked by his employer. He is a bull in a china shop.

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