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sally

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noun sal·ly \ˈsa-lē\

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 in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of sally

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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sally

verb sal·ly

Definition of sally

sallied

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sallying

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to leap out or burst forth suddenly

  3. 2 :  set out, depart —often used with forth

First Known Use of sally

1560



SALLY Defined for English Language Learners

sally

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Definition of sally for English Language Learners

  • : a clever and funny remark

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


SALLY Defined for Kids

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sally

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noun sal·ly \ˈsa-lē\

Definition of sally for Students

plural

sallies

  1. 1 :  a sudden attack especially by besieged soldiers

  2. 2 :  a clever and funny remark


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sally

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verb sal·ly

Definition of sally for Students

sallied

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sallying

  1. 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. 2 :  to set out (as from home) We sallied forth at dusk.



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