noun (plural sallies)
- 1.2A witty or lively remark, especially one made as an attack or as a diversion in an argument; a retort.More example sentences
- Michael furiously takes down all the witty sallies and asides, converting the evening into his next gay play, and, hopefully, a success.
- The show was certainly a lively, fast-moving, hilarious affair salted with quick-firing sallies of naval wit and wisdom.
- In response to each new sally of witticism, the Indians would break into uncontrollable fits of merriment.
verb (sallies, sallying, sallied)[no object] Back to top
- 1Make a military sortie: they sallied out to harass the enemyMore example sentences
- Richard hesitated to land, not knowing the situation, but as soon as the garrison saw the sails, they sallied out to attack.
- The city guard sallied out and drove away the Crusaders, but the Franks returned to Civetot laden with booty and regaling everyone with tales of their great ‘victory.’
- Forced to rely on their own resources, they sallied out of the city walls and routed Rory's army.
- 1.1 • formal or • humorous Set out from a place to do something: I made myself presentable and sallied forthMore example sentences
- So it was with great anticipation and alacrity that G.H.S. Tramp Club enthusiasts sallied forth every third Saturday.
- So after about 20 minutes attempting 73 different and equally ridiculous configurations of the harness, including one that actually prevented BJ from standing up, we bravely sallied forth.
- We sallied forth to Finsbury Park around three o'clock, joining the tens of thousands that were in attendance already, and the seemingly equal number that filed in thereafter as we sat and waited for further friends to arrive.
late Middle English: from French saillie, feminine past participle (used as a noun) of saillir 'come or jut out', from Old French salir 'to leap', from Latin salire.
noun (plural sallies)
- The part of a bell rope that has colored wool woven into it to provide a grip for the bell-ringer’s hands.More example sentences
- There are two parts to the bell rope the tail and the soft sally, which are pulled alternately to make the bell ring.
- The teaching of the ringing of the backstroke ends when you can confidently let the learner ring it without intervention and you feel that he can set the bell at will and he can recover if the sally is not pulled with the correct strength.
mid 17th century (denoting the first movement of a bell when set for ringing): perhaps from sally1 in the sense 'leaping motion'.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun (plural sallies or sallees)Australian
late 19th century: dialect variant of sallow2.