bully pulpit

bully pulpit
a public office of sufficiently high rank that it provides the holder with an opportunity to speak out and be listened to on any matter

the American presidency is a bully pulpit

Hypernyms: ↑public office

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noun, pl ⋯ -pits [count]
US : an important public position that allows a person to express beliefs and opinions to many people

She uses her position as a famous actress as a bully pulpit.

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ˈbully pulpit 7 noun singular (NAmE)
a position of authority that gives sb the opportunity to speak in public about an issue

He intends to use the presidency as a bully pulpit to promote family values.

Word Origin:
[bully pulpit] early 20th cent.: apparently originally used by President Theodore Roosevelt, explaining his personal view of the presidency.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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