sally

noun
sal·​ly | \ ˈsa-lē How to pronounce sally (audio) \
plural sallies

Definition of sally

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sally

verb
sallied; sallying

Definition of sally (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

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Examples of sally in a Sentence

Noun a morning sally out to see the historic monuments around the city the final sally made her laugh, and that ended the argument
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As Claremont puts a great deal of effort into promoting constitutional principles and the Founding, this is a peculiarly off-base sally. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Movies Take On Limbaugh, Levin, et al.," 21 Aug. 2019 Her writing blows sad and then joyful, warm then cool, with surprising sallies into magical realism and religious critique. Madeleine Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Warm, Weird, Effervescent," 10 June 2019 This sally was undermined when the shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, could not remember the policy’s cost. The Economist, "Crime is back on the political agenda," 14 June 2018 But the contests never actually occur, because the musketeers divine in d’Artagnan a man who is willing to risk his life and can assist them in their sallies against Cardinal Richelieu’s belligerent guards. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "Alexandre Dumas’s Brotherly Love," 16 Mar. 2018 Almost every week, editorialists at high-profile joints electrocute Twitter with a new your-liberal-views-are-vulgar sally. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "Scrolling, Rickrolling, and Trolling," 12 Mar. 2018 For this unexpected sally, the ruling media defamed him as menacing, insulting, a sexist bully, a creep, Darth Vader and more. WSJ, "Trump’s Words Are Essential to His Deeds," 6 Mar. 2018 Keith Letta, administrator for the Porter County Health Department, backed a sport utility vehicle into the sally port at the Porter County Animal Shelter. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Porter County Animal Shelter opens doors to bevy of donations," 22 June 2017 My first sally into arcade hyperspace took place in Los Angeles’s new Imax VR Experience Centre. Gogo Lidz, Newsweek, "Virtual Reincarnation: Dying Again and Again in a Virtual Reality Arcade," 29 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2018, for instance, an American aircraft-carrier sallied into the Arctic Circle for the first time in 30 years, during a huge exercise in Norway. The Economist, "Northern fights NATO is facing up to Russia in the Arctic Circle," 14 May 2020 In 2018, for instance, an American aircraft-carrier sallied into the Arctic Circle for the first time in 30 years, during a huge exercise in Norway. The Economist, "Northern fights NATO is facing up to Russia in the Arctic Circle," 14 May 2020 In 2018, for instance, an American aircraft-carrier sallied into the Arctic Circle for the first time in 30 years, during a huge exercise in Norway. The Economist, "Northern fights NATO is facing up to Russia in the Arctic Circle," 16 May 2020 In addition to this, the two foresters cite other assaults: the beetle colonies that waited out the newly mild winters in the dead wood left by the high winds, and which sallied forth aggressively this year to attack new stands. National Geographic, "Will the skyscrapers of the future be made out of wood?," 13 Jan. 2020 From the school, convoys sallied forth every morning toward the half-dozen sawmills that lay beyond town, hidden behind high plank walls. Felipe Fittipaldi, National Geographic, "Inside the faltering fight against illegal Amazon logging," 28 Aug. 2019 Cleander, who commanded the Praetorian Guards, ordered a body of cavalry to sally forth and disperse the seditious multitude. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Crowder Isn’t a Threat to Public Safety," 6 June 2019 In my own hopelessly romantic eyes, Dr. Hawking in the Copley Plaza will always be St. George in a wheelchair, sallying forth to slay the black-hole dragon. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Stephen Hawking Taught Us a Lot About How to Live," 14 Mar. 2018 So many people going to the game or other festivities surrounding the game are waiting for temperatures to safely rise above freezing levels before sallying out. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "College-Football Fans at Title Game Squeezed by Ticket Prices, Ice, and Trump," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sally

Noun

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sally

Noun

Middle French saillie, from Old French, from saillir to rush forward, from Latin salire to leap; akin to Greek hallesthai to leap

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The first known use of sally was in 1560

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“Sally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sally. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for sally

sally

noun
How to pronounce sally (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sally

formal
: a clever and funny remark
: a sudden attack in which a group of soldiers rush forward against an enemy

sally

noun
sal·​ly | \ ˈsa-lē How to pronounce sally (audio) \
plural sallies

Kids Definition of sally

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sally

verb
sallied; sallying

Kids Definition of sally (Entry 2 of 2)

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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