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jolly well


very much; a phrase used for emphasis and enthusiasm


I jolly well hope so!

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  • "I suppose I've jolly well got to take it," said Banstead, unruffled.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • Studied it out myself, and jolly well right I was, too, as far as I went.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Well, my boy, they're jolly well in the dark about it, I can tell you!

  • Of course a shipowner may say what he jolly well pleases on his own deck.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • And if we say or do anything to you, you jolly well whack us over the head.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • And I'd jolly well like to find a treasure in Misticot's grave.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • They will jolly well have to meet if we capture them and force them to fight.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • It's all jolly well, but a fellow's got to think for himself, Dave, old man.

    The Borough Treasurer Joseph Smith Fletcher
  • You know when you have the thing, and you jolly well know when you haven't.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • “It jolly well does look like it, mate,” said I, taking his glasses.

    The Lady and the Pirate Emerson Hough

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