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galley-west

[gal-ee-west]
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adverb
  1. Informal. into a state of unconsciousness, confusion, or disarray (usually used in the phrase to knock galley-west).
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adjective
  1. 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


British Dictionary definitions for galley-west

galley-west

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

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