from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bronze or copper ring designed to be inserted in the septum of a bull's nose, and used to lead and control the animal by means of a wooden handle having a snap-hook at the end.
  • n. The main part of the piston in an engine; the spider of the piston.


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  • While I always admired the dark instrumental passage of the original, which felt a lot like Joy Division and the modern rock progeny they inspired, Foxy Shazam's breakdown-slash-build-up isn't as Goth -- instead, it just builds like a bull-ring showdown, slyly throwing in Wagner's "Thus Spake Zarathustra" aka the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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  • Our researches took us to Homeboy Industries, the gang intervention program begun by the legendary Father Gregory Boyle, S.J.; the I.C.E. detention center in Santa Ana; Ramona Gardens, the Boyle Heights project that's home to the Big Hazard gang; and Pico Rivera, the bull-ring in Whittier where the charros, Mexican cowboys, keep their culture alive.

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  • His hair drapes over the entire top half of his face, and a studded bull-ring is embedded in the bridge of his nose.

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  • His eyes were sparkling, and they were only for the bull-ring.

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  • More men were killed that day because of John Harned than were ever killed in all the history of the bull-ring of Quito, yes, and of Guayaquil and all Ecuador.

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  • Perhaps it would all have happened as it did, even if Luis Cervallos and I had not sat in the box that day at the bull-ring in Quito.

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  • She sat still in her box, gazing out across the bull-ring.

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  • "It is not usual to have horses in the bull-ring at Quito," said Luis Cervallos, looking up from the program.

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  • "More men were killed that day because of John Harned than were ever killed in all the history of the bull-ring of Quito," the narrator states, Maria Valenzuela did not move throughout the ordeal and afterwards traveled to Austria where she married an archduke or some such high nobleman.

    “Samuel! There was a rolling wonder in the sound. Ay, there was!”

  • Afterwards, everyone joins a parade to the bull-ring where the next tier of entertainment gears up for a 'show' before the bull-riding begins.



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