Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shop in which china, crockery, glassware, etc., are sold.

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Examples

  • And on went the giant, behind before, like a bull in a china-shop, till he ran into the steeple of the great idol temple

    The Water Babies

  • Well, then — now they are ALL away, let us frisk at our ease, and have at everything like the bull in the china-shop.

    The Book of Snobs

  • Instead, he is charging in like a bull in a china-shop.

    Daimnation!: Another spy in Canada, Chinese this time

  • As he stood on it he looked uncommonly like a bull in a china-shop.

    Greenmantle

  • "Tact!" he cried with a snort, "why a Temperley rushes in where a bull in a china-shop would fear to tread!"

    The Daughters of Danaus

  • So off to the china-shop we went, where a huge blue cup decorated with flowers of extraordinary size depleted Paula's treasure by a whole franc.

    Paula the Waldensian

  • Then he springs to the mantel-shelf if he has not been seized and appeased, and repeats operations, and has even carried his work of destruction around the room to the top of a low bookcase and has proved himself altogether the wrong sort of person in a china-shop.

    Concerning Cats My Own and Some Others

  • A bull in a china-shop is innocuous to the most orderly and amenable of them.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 382, July 25, 1829

  • Trenby took everything quite literally -- the obvious surface meaning of the words, and the delicate nuances of speech, the significant inflections interwoven with it, meant about as much to him as the frail Venetian glass, the dainty porcelain figures of old Bristol or Chelsea ware, would mean to the proverbial bull in a china-shop.

    The Moon out of Reach

  • A technical knowledge of architecture is not necessary to know that a huge stuffed leather chair in a tiny gold and cream room is unsuitable, is hideously complicated, and is as much out of proportion as the proverbial bull in the china-shop.

    The House in Good Taste

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