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galley-west

[ gal-ee-west ]
/ ˈgæl iˈwɛst /
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adverb
Informal. into a state of unconsciousness, confusion, or disarray (usually used in the phrase to knock galley-west).
adjective
Northern U.S. lopsided; cockeyed.
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Origin of galley-west

1870–75, Americanism; alteration of British dialect collywest
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British Dictionary definitions for galley-west

galley-west

adverb
slang, mainly US into confusion, inaction, or unconsciousness (esp in the phrase knock (someone or something) galley-west)

Word Origin for galley-west

C19: from English dialect colly-west awry, perhaps from Collyweston, a village in Northamptonshire
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