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1sally

noun sal·ly \ˈsa-lē\

: a clever and funny remark

: a sudden attack in which a group of soldiers rush forward against an enemy

plural sallies

Full Definition of SALLY

1
:  an action of rushing or bursting forth; especially :  a sortie of troops from a defensive position to attack the enemy
2
a :  a brief outbreak :  outburst
b :  a witty or imaginative saying :  quip
3
:  a venture or excursion usually off the beaten track :  jaunt

Examples of SALLY

  1. <a morning sally out to see the historic monuments around the city>
  2. <the final sally made her laugh, and that ended the argument>

Origin of SALLY

Middle French saillie, from Old French, from saillir to rush forward, from Latin salire to leap; akin to Greek hallesthai to leap
First Known Use: 1560

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, supernumerary, tactical

2sally

intransitive verb
sal·liedsal·ly·ing

Definition of SALLY

1
:  to leap out or burst forth suddenly
2
:  set out, depart —often used with forth

First Known Use of SALLY

1560

Rhymes with SALLY

SALLIES Defined for Kids

1sally

noun sal·ly \ˈsa-lē\
plural sallies

Definition of SALLY for Kids

1
:  a sudden attack especially by besieged soldiers
2
:  a clever and funny remark

2sally

verb
sal·liedsal·ly·ing

Definition of SALLY for Kids

1
:  to rush out <When I had first sallied from the door, the other mutineers had been already swarming up the palisade … — Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island>
2
:  to set out (as from home) <We sallied forth at dusk.>

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expeditious Hear it
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