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    Default What do you call a guy who is:

    What do you call a guy who is the best fighter in the school. Those kinds of people often bully others and other students are afraid of facing him. Is there any slang for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzang418lee View Post
    What do you call a guy who is the best fighter in the school. Those kinds of people often bully others and other students are afraid of facing him. Is there any slang for it?

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    I would not necessarily equate the person who is the best fighter in the school with being a bully who people are afraid of. The best fighter in school might be a perfectly nice young man who goes on to become a world-class boxer.

    The kind of person at a school who threatens to beat other students up ("to beat up" is the phrasal verb to look up in a dictionary here) is usually just known as a bully. There are other ways of bullying students but being violent is one of them.

    Personally, my word for such a person is "coward" but that is not the kind of term generally used within schools (or workplaces) for a bully.
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    He's the cock of the school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    He's the cock of the school.

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    Wow, there's a phrase I've never heard before. Mind you, I don't tend to hang around with people who use a lot of the language you find in the Urban Dictionary.
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    Default Re: What do you call a guy who is:

    Why not just "school bully"? That is generally understood.

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    Or "the biggest bully at school".
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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Wow, there's a phrase I've never heard before. Mind you, I don't tend to hang around with people who use a lot of the language you find in the Urban Dictionary.
    You should have come to my primary school in Lancashire in the 40s, ems. It was already well-established back then.

    Here it is in a much more respectable publication:

    cock of the walk

    someone who dominates others within a group:

    don’t ever forget he’s cock of the walk here

    (COED)

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 15-Oct-2012 at 08:05.

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    Top dog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You should have come to my primary school in Lancashire in the 40s, ems.
    If I ever get a Tardis, I'll drop by! I'm afraid that by the time I went to school, calling someone a "cock" of any description had nothing to do with poultry.
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