[ gal-ee ]
/ ˈgæl i /
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verb (used with object), gal·lied, gal·ly·ing.Chiefly Dialect.
to frighten or scare.
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Origin of gally
1695–1705; compare earlier gallow, apparently representing Old English agælwan to frighten
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How to use gally in a sentence
A fleet of fifteen armed gallies was fitted out to attack the frigate of Cockburn's fleet that lay nearest to Norfolk.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
On the 5th of August, the Pacha ordered the janizaries to land with their arms, and all the gallies to man and arm their boats.
On board were fifteen men belonging to the large gallies, together with the admiral, and sixty sailors with many galley-slaves.
The pilots name was Mikali, and some of those on board belonged to the Venetian gallies of Alexandria.
The Turkish navy at this place consisted of forty-one large gallies, and nine great ships.