Posted by David FG on January 11, 2011 at 19:24
In Reply to: Keep a bull pup posted by Paul Davis on January 11, 2011 at 10:50:
: Mr. Conan Doyle uses a phrase in Sherlock Holmes (sorry, I don't know which): someone who "keeps a bull pup" is said to have a quick and bad temper; have you heard of this saying?
I've never heard it, but I think the meaning is fairly clear, and the allusion plain.
Oh, and on an incidental but pedantic note, it's Sir Arthur, not Mr Conan Doyle. Sorry about that.