sally

noun
sal·​ly | \ˈsa-lē \
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

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 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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sally

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sally

: 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 \
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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