- Life is not all candy canes and lollipops but it doesn't mean we should forget what the results of our actions are.
- On my side were little sugar rivers and lollipops sticking out of the ground.
- I sat back down and resumed my editing, sticking the grape lollipop back in my mouth.
Late 18th century: perhaps from dialect lolly 'tongue' + pop1.
Late 18th-century children enjoyed a particular kind of sweet that dissolved easily in the mouth. Its dialect name was a lollipop, which may come from another dialect word, lolly meaning ‘tongue’, though there is no written record of this until a century later. Lollipops are now flat, rounded boiled sweets on a stick. The shortened form lolly appeared in the mid 19th century, and is still a general word for a sweet in Australia and New Zealand.
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