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[hur-lee] /ˈhɜr li/
noun, plural hurlies.
commotion; hurly-burly.
British. hurley.
Origin of hurly
First recorded in 1590-1600


or hurly

[hur-lee] /ˈhɜr li/
noun, plural hurleys, hurlies. British.
the game of hurling.
the leather-covered ball used in hurling.
the stick used in hurling, similar to a field hockey stick but with a wide, flat blade.
Informal. a club or cudgel.
1815-25; hurl + -ey, as in hockey Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It would also be well if they could pass the wet ground and avoid plunging against one another in the hurly burly.

    With the Black Prince

    William Osborn Stoddard
  • Wyth that a hurly burly rose amongs the people, euery man maruellinge what the matter shoulde be.

    The Palace of Pleasure William Painter
  • A mountain torrent—a tributary of the Scind runs down the valley with the usual noise and hurly burly.

  • hurly of creduma therefore comes curiously near the quite modern brassey.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • I laid them to one side and next morning brought two men Crawford and hurly, down from the Post to witness the brands.

    A Texas Cow Boy Chas. A. Siringo
  • Breakfast was eaten at eight o'clock in the morning, and all was hurly burly and excitement till they had gone.

    A Woman who went to Alaska May Kellogg Sullivan
  • A visitor from town tried to do so by fixing a nice quiet camp far away from the hurly burly.

    Reminiscences of Queensland William Henry Corfield
  • The first one said: "Give him a touch of the hurly and let the others do the same; and we'll wallop him till he is dead."

  • We were a comical pair driving into the hurly burly of the new city of Chicago.

    Children of the Market Place

    Edgar Lee Masters
  • Guy Trevelyan had not mastered his feelings during the "hurly burly," as firmly as was his wont.

    Lady Rosamond's Secret

    Rebecca Agatha Armour
British Dictionary definitions for hurly


(mainly Brit) another word for hurling
Also called hurley stick. the stick used in playing hurling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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