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[lol-ee] /ˈlɒl i/
noun, plural lollies.
British Informal.
  1. a piece of candy, especially hard candy.
  2. a treat.
  3. a small bribe or gratuity.
  4. money.
do one's lolly, Australian Slang. to lose one's temper.
Origin of lolly
First recorded in 1765-75; shortening of lollypop Unabridged
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  • I'll go out and smoke a cigar, if you'll come with me, lolly.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3)

    M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • “Now, lolly, you may just run home again as quick as you can,” said Maddie sharply.

  • Alice told me you lived here, lolly, and I want you to go to the Sunday-school.

  • "And Aunt lolly is working in her part of the garden," went on Mab.

  • Just then Mab saw Aunt lolly going into her garden with a bottle in her hand.

  • Once upon a time there was a little girl no bigger than lolly here, sitting in the dirt by the roadside, crying.

  • "We'll fill the house with visitors for the shooting season, lolly, darling," said Mr. Mellish.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3)

    M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • Pay him what money you like to keep the secret that he discovered, but send him away, lolly, send him away.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3)

    M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • "The man was very seriously hurt, lolly," her husband answered quietly.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3)

    M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for lolly


noun (pl) -lies
an informal word for lollipop
(Brit) short for ice lolly
(Brit & Austral, NZ) a slang word for money
(Austral & NZ, informal) a sweet, esp a boiled one
(Austral, informal) do the lolly, do one's lolly, to lose one's temper
Word Origin
shortened from lollipop
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Word Origin and History for lolly

1854, short for lollipop. In 20c. British slang, also "money."

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