He was humble and patient, an earnest man simply trying, by golly, to do his level best for others.
And right now, by golly, Sarah Palin is out there selling herself.
golly, it jest lifts you right up by your bootstraps to think of it, don't it?
By golly, if my country needs this like that, then by golly, my country's going to have it.
George thought to himself that if the Commander had got in there, by golly, he could too.
By golly, he's callin' all his wife's relations t' come an' help 'em out.
He just went ahead and did what he thought was right, and by golly, he was right.
An' they know it, too, by golly, er they wouldn't hang back like they're a-doin'.
golly, how I'd liked to have seen 'em looking out of that 'ere window like two foxes in a box trap.
"golly, it's only a couple of hundred feet," Magnan offered.
euphemism for God, first recorded 1775, in a source that refers to it as "a sort of jolly kind of oath, or asseveration much in use among our carters, & the lowest people."
A mild exclamation of surprise, dismay, pleasure, etc; gosh: Golly, Mom, did you really win it?
[1775+; a euphemism for God]