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(mainly Brit) a thin soup or gruel
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C19: shortened from skilligallee, probably a fanciful formation
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  • The big fellow was pulpier than ever; his complexion the colour of skilly.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • It's the skilly, it's the four-ounce system, I 'm afraid of.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • I struggled manfully, but was mastered by my qualms, and half-a-dozen mouthfuls of skilly and bread was the measure of my success.

  • You're living on the fat of the land—you shall see how you like skilly!

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • He found the skilly Woman, who put before him sour milk and brose.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • For all she was skilly the old dame had no thought of the woman sinking.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • Then the skilly Woman set him on the wet windy side of the door, and went about with busy hands.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • The skilly Woman put down her head and listened with wonder.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • This was the method by which we paid for our skilly and canvas, and I, for one, know that I paid in full many times over.

  • Officers' Wives getting pudding and pies, Soldiers' Wives get skilly!

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