A bull in a china shop

Definition

A bull in a china shop means someone or something that causes a lot of damage or disruption in a delicate situation.

Examples

The new CEO was like a bull in a china shop, disrupting the entire office with her changes. The clumsy waiter was like a bull in a china shop, knocking over glasses and plates.

Origin

The origin of this idiom dates back to the 19th century and is a reference to a bull entering and breaking delicate objects in a china shop.

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