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Shirley

[shur-lee] /ˈʃɜr li/
noun
1.
James, 1596–1666, English dramatist.
2.
William, 1694–1771, English governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony 1741–56: urged assault on Louisburg.
3.
a city on the S shore of Long Island, in SE New York.
4.
a male or female given name: a family name taken from an Old English placename.
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  • Shirley Temple used to be a good little actress, I remember.

    The Hunters William Morrison
  • What's the present-day status of Shirley Wells in his home town?

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • "Oh, yes I have," said Shirley as he took his hat preparing to leave.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • Shirley is possessed of the remainder, but it's not enough to do what's required.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • Shirley moved into town to an apartment over the Banner office.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney

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