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[fil-ee] /ˈfɪl i/
Philadelphia (used as a nickname). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Reference the accident at Marker 92 at 1648 hours this date; Philly Control reports a third vehicle definitely involved.

    Code Three Rick Raphael
  • I'll bet this town is full of fracas buffs from as far as Philly.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Everybody knows Grebel and Larkin, and that they're the big wheezes in that Philly crowd.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • You take care of the rest of the world, Philly, but mama and I take care of you.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • When he had finished, he thumbed the radio transmitter and called Philly Control.

    Code Three Rick Raphael
Word Origin and History for Philly

familiar or colloquial shortening of Philadelphia, attested by 1890, but from 1858 as the popular name of a ferry boat of that name that crossed the Delaware River from the city to Camden, and a city baseball team has been the Phillies since 1883.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Philadelphia (1891+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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