Bull in a China Shop

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An awkward person who actually does not care about the delicate situation, a rough person who comes near the brittle things, an insensitive person who makes people angry with his/her deeds and words to create disturbance in their work or plans


  • This expression was first used by Aesop, the famous earliest teller of tales. He wrote a story about a donkey in a potter’s shop. Late in 16th century, when the china plates and dishes were introduced in Europe, people started using this expression ‘bull in a china shop’. However, the reason behind changing the subject ‘donkey’ into ‘bull’ could be the size of bull that is bigger than donkey because it can create mass disturbance.

Inviting Andre in your ice sculpture exhibition is like letting bull in a china shop.

Submitted on February 25, 2019


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