Informal. into a state of unconsciousness, confusion, or disarray (usually used in the phrase to knock galley-west).
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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I'd just hate awfully to lose those horns, now that I've knocked him galley-west.Rocky Mountain Boys
St. George Rathborne
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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