- a sortie of troops from a besieged place upon an enemy.
- a sudden rushing forth or activity.
- an excursion or trip, usually off the main course.
- an outburst or flight of passion, fancy, etc.: a sally of anger.
- a clever, witty, or fanciful remark.
- Carpentry. a projection, as of the end of a rafter beyond the notch by which the rafter is fitted over the wall plate.
- to make a sally, as a body of troops from a besieged place.
- to set out on a side trip or excursion.
- to set out briskly or energetically.
- (of things) to issue forth.
Origin of sally
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- a female given name, form of Sarah.
Examples from the Web for sally
KSM enters the complex through a “Sally Port,” a series of gates designed to allow just one vehicle in at a time.9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies
December 16, 2014
Just try to find a mention of Sally Hemings at the Jefferson Memorial.God vs. the Internet. And the Winner is…
November 16, 2014
Sally Beauty did not respond for comment by the time this article was published.
Sally Beauty has also partnered with Susan G. Komen to sell special pink cosmetic products.
My father lost his last surviving sibling, my Aunt Sally, in 2007.Tom Sizemore’s Revenge: On Tom Cruise’s Scientology Recruitment, Drugs, and Craving a Comeback
September 26, 2014
The laughter at this sally was all it should have been, even the host joining in it.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Gray Peter had been fresher than Sally at the end of the run of the day before.
All in all, Gray Peter was a glorious machine; Sally was a tricky intelligence.
Gray Peter's heart was never in doubt, but what would Sally's courage be in a pinch?
If Andrew had let out Sally she would have walked away from them all, but he dared not do that.
- a sudden violent excursion, esp by besieged forces to attack the besiegers; sortie
- a sudden outburst or emergence into action, expression, or emotion
- an excursion or jaunt
- a jocular retort
- to make a sudden violent excursion
- (often foll by forth) to go out on an expedition, etc
- to come, go, or set out in an energetic manner
- to rush out suddenly
- the lower part of a bell rope, where it is caught at handstroke, into which coloured wool is woven to make a grip
- a member of the Salvation Army
Word Origin and History for sally
1540s, "a sudden rush, dash, or springing forth; specifically of troops from a besieged place, attacking the besiegers," from Middle French saillie "a rushing forth," noun use of fem. past participle of saillir "to leap," from Latin salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Sally-port "gate or passage in a fortification to afford free egress to troops in making a sally" is from 1640s.
fem. proper name, alteration of Sarah (cf. Hal from Harry, Moll from Mary, etc.). Sally Lunn cakes (1780) supposedly named for the woman in Bath who first made them and sold them in the streets. Sally Ann as a nickname for Salvation Army is recorded from 1927.
1540s, from sally (n.). Related: Sallied; sallying.