- damned (euphemism for bloody).
Origin of bally
First recorded in 1840–50; by alteration
- a city in SW West Bengal, in E India, NW of Kolkata.
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Examples from the Web for bally
"Went to bed so bally sober I couldn't sleep," replied the misguided youth.Viviette
William J. Locke
My dear old ass, Gilbert wrote, why grizzle and grouse at the Bally Awful!
But all this is away from the point, which is, why grizzle and grouse at the Bally Awful.
You know, I came out to this bally country on false pretences, as it were.The Spoilers of the Valley
Yes, it's all right; but you needn't rave about it like a bally poet.
- British slang a euphemism for bloody (def. 6)
- Northern English dialect a thumb
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Word Origin and History for bally
1885, British English, slang euphemism for bloody.
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