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[tol-ee] /ˈtɒl i/
noun, plural tollies. British Slang.
candle (def 1).
Origin of tolly
First recorded in 1850-55; alteration of tallow Unabridged
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  • He looked round for a reply, but only saw the crouching figure of tolly beside him.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • Of course he did not know tolly Trevor; still less did he know that tolly knew him.

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  • But do you mean to say there are real, live bears around here, tolly Tip?

  • Young though he was, tolly had already become a fair and ready shot.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • Still, tolly Tip may be able to cure it so as to make a mat for your den at home.

  • “Shoved his knife into him,” suggested tolly Trevor, in eager anxiety.

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  • As the pony, however, at once took a long and hearty draught it also condescended to drink, while tolly followed suit.

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  • “But work is over now—the fire lighted and the kettle on,” objected tolly.

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  • Paul on his part had told tolly Tip he would like to accompany him on his round of the traps on that particular morning.

  • Another laughed and said: "Strap me if we ha'n't caught a tolly, mates."

    Humphrey Bold Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for tolly


noun (pl) -lies
(South African) a castrated calf
Word Origin
C19: from Xhosa ithole calf on which the horns have begun to appear
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