- to frighten or scare.
Origin of gally
1695–1705; compare earlier gallow, apparently representing Old English agælwan to frighten
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Examples from the Web for gallies
Three of their gallies are said to be sunk, the others pulled off.The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876
J. F. Loubat, LL.D.
Next; condemn'd to the Gallies for pilfery, to the Buls pizel.Beaumont & Fletcher's Works (7 of 10):
A— told me that they had been built by the Venetians, who used to keep their gallies in them.Three Months Abroad
After a trial by the Inquisition, he was sentenced to the gallies for ten years.Records of The Spanish Inquisition
Andrew Dickson White
They were condemned to forfeit their vessel and cargo, to a fine, and to the gallies.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. I (of 9)