John Bull

The national nickname for an Englishman, represented as a bluff, kindhearted, bull-headed farmer. The character is from a satire by Dr. Arbuthnot. In this satire the Frenchman is termed Lewis Baboon, the Dutchman Nicholas Frog, etc.

John Bull.
A comedy by George Colman. Job Thornberry is the chief character.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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