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jolly hockey sticks Line breaks: jolly hockey sticks
British humorous

Definition of jolly hockey sticks in English:


(In imitations of speech associated with a type of upper-class English schoolgirl) used to express boisterous enthusiasm or excitement: Hurrah and jolly hockey sticks! The Royals are once again out in force for another season of one-day events
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  • Jolly hockey sticks! Another mad VAT case.
  • She was wearing a gym slip, exactly like those worn by schoolgirls who exercise daily and shout "Oh jolly hockey sticks!"
  • Jolly hockey sticks! There was another train withn 15 minutes.


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Denoting or relating to a woman or girl having a boisterous or hearty manner regarded as characteristic of a type of upper-class English schoolgirl: I know she’s dreadfully jolly hockey sticks, but she does mean well
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  • She seems terribly English in a jolly hockey sticks sort of way.
  • I knew some kids, usually of the jolly hockey sticks variety, who couldn't wait to tumble back into the classroom to see their pals.
  • She is not quite jolly hockey sticks but she is definitely on the same playing field.

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