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sally

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noun sal·ly \ˈsa-lē\

Simple Definition of sally

  • : a clever and funny remark

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

Full Definition of sally

plural sallies

  1. 1 :  an action of rushing or bursting forth; especially :  a sortie of troops from a defensive position to attack the enemy

  2. 2a :  a brief outbreak :  outburstb :  a witty or imaginative saying :  quip

  3. 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


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sally

intransitive verb sal·ly

Definition of sally

sal·liedsal·ly·ing

  1. 1 :  to leap out or burst forth suddenly

  2. 2 :  set out, depart —often used with forth



1560

First Known Use of sally

1560




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