- mainly Irish and NZ a lively party
C19: perhaps from Hindi holi, a festival in honour of Krishna
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Hooley (Reagan): We had a public event at the airport when we landed.
Hooley: I remember [Reagan] telling a story on the flight—not a true story, he didn't mean for us to think it was true.
I am going over to the port with Director Hooley and most of the members of the company.
Mr. Hooley was using old John on this day in a character part.
Ruth marveled at the types Mr. Hooley had found in the village.
"I'll look in at Hooley's," thought he, but as a matter of fact he did not.Sister Carrie
“The Boss is rather sore on the whole business,” Hooley said to Ruth.Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence
Alice B. Emerson