picador

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picador

Bullfighting a horseman who pricks the bull with a lance in the early stages of a fight to goad and weaken it
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"The lance of the picador is to keep the bull from goring the horse."
The bull charged, and of course the horse knew nothing till the picador failed and the horse found himself impaled on the bull's horns from beneath.
"The bull makes a rush, with murder in his eye, but a picador meets him with a spear-thrust in the shoulder.