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John Bull:

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, 1667–1735, Scottish author and scientist, court physician (1705–14) to Queen Anne. He is best remembered for his five "John Bull" pamphlets (1712), political satires on the Whig war policy, which introduced the character John Bull, the typical
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Bull, John

personification of Britain. [Br. Folklore: Benét, 45]
See: Britain

John Bull

any Englishman, or Englishmen collectively. [Br. Lit.: History of John Bull, Brewer Dictionary, 591]
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John Bull

a personification of England or the English people
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