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doolan

/ˈduːlən/
noun
1.
(NZ, informal) a Roman Catholic
Word Origin
probably from the Irish surname Doolan
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  • And now for the doch-aiv-dhurrss—the stirrup-cup, Mrs. doolan: that's the darlin'.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • Mrs. doolan clung tightly to his arm with both her skinny hands.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • Mrs. doolan loosed her hold on the doctor's arm, but she did not go home.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • "Don't be hard on an old woman, now, sergeant," said Mrs. doolan.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • Driven off by the constable Mrs. doolan went back to Flanagan's shop.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • Deputations were often despatched from doolan's to bring Rablay to the bar.

  • In silence the three dice and the box were placed by doolan on the bar.

  • And so Hitchcock crawled, on hands and knees, out of doolan's.

  • "We shall all have to take pity on you as much as we can," Mrs. doolan said.

    Rujub, the Juggler G. A. Henty
  • I think it is all very well for you, Mrs. doolan; you have children.

    Rujub, the Juggler G. A. Henty

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