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skelly1

/ˈskɛlɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
a whitefish, Coregonus stigmaticus, of certain lakes in the Lake District
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from dialect skell a shell or scale, and so called because of its large scales

skelly2

/ˈskɛlɪ/
verb (intransitive) -lies, -lying, -lied
1.
to look sideways or squint
noun (pl) -lies
2.
a quick look; glance
adjective
3.
Also skelly-eyed. cross-eyed
Word Origin
probably from Old Norse, from skjalgr wry; related to Old English sceolh a squint
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  • They say that up there in the Alleghanies Slade and skelly are doing a lot of harm.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • You agree then with Mr. Shepard that these signals are made by Slade and skelly's men?

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • From what you said skelly started out by being for the Union.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • A victory won by skelly's men with skelly dead was no victory at all to skelly.

    The Guns of Shiloh Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Slade and skelly instantly sprang for the trees and Slade blew sharply upon his whistle.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Dick's chief apprehensions were in regard to Slade and skelly, but they found no trace of the guerrillas, nor of any other foes.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Slade an' skelly ain't soldiers that come out an' fight fa'r an' squar' in the open.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • I think, too, that the bands—there were two of them, one replying to the other—belong to the Slade and skelly outfit.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • But the men of Slade and skelly could yet be seen on the crests and slopes, and there was no indication that they would draw off.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Although the escape of both Slade and skelly was a great disappointment the victory nevertheless was complete.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler

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