Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Bulling the Barrel

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Bulling the Barrel
is pouring water into a rum cask, when it is nearly empty, to prevent its leaking. The water, which gets impregnated with the spirit and is very intoxicating, is called bull.   1
   Seamen talk of bulling the teapot (making a second brew), bulling the coffee, etc.   2


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