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tolly

[tol-ee]
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noun, plural tol·lies. British Slang.
  1. candle(def 1).
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Origin of tolly

First recorded in 1850–55; alteration of tallow
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Historical Examples

  • Tolly felt that at once, yet he could not think of leaving without a search.

    Twice Bought

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Of course he did not know Tolly Trevor; still less did he know that Tolly knew him.

    Twice Bought

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Young though he was, Tolly had already become a fair and ready shot.

    Twice Bought

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “But work is over now—the fire lighted and the kettle on,” objected Tolly.

    Twice Bought

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “Shoved his knife into him,” suggested Tolly Trevor, in eager anxiety.

    Twice Bought

    R.M. Ballantyne


British Dictionary definitions for tolly

tolly

tollie

noun plural -lies
  1. Southern African a castrated calf
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Word Origin

C19: from Xhosa ithole calf on which the horns have begun to appear
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