trolley

or trol·ly

[trol-ee]

noun, plural trol·leys.

verb (used with or without object), trol·leyed, trol·ley·ing.

to convey or go by trolley.

Idioms

    off one's trolley, Slang.
    1. in a confused mental state.
    2. insane: He's been off his trolley for years, but his family refuses to have him committed.

Origin of trolley

First recorded in 1815–25; orig. dial.; apparently akin to troll1
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Examples from the Web for trolley

Contemporary Examples of trolley

Historical Examples of trolley

  • I brought her out here for a trolley ride and a picnic luncheon.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Halfway to the trolley line, the dog turned off into a by-road.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • If you can get off for an hour, won't you take the trolley to the end of Division Street?

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Large deals, of which the Trolley Combine was but one, were on foot.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Not for my attitude in the Trolley matter, nor for what I published in the Planet.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for trolley

trolley

noun

British a small table on casters used for conveying food, drink, etc
British a wheeled cart or stand pushed by hand and used for moving heavy items, such as shopping in a supermarket or luggage at a railway station
British (in a hospital) a bed mounted on casters and used for moving patients who are unconscious, immobilized, etc
British See trolleybus
US and Canadian See trolley car
a device that collects the current from an overhead wire (trolley wire), third rail, etc, to drive the motor of an electric vehicle
a pulley or truck that travels along an overhead wire in order to support a suspended load
mainly British a low truck running on rails, used in factories, mines, etc, and on railways
a truck, cage, or basket suspended from an overhead track or cable for carrying loads in a mine, quarry, etc
off one's trolley slang
  1. mentally confused or disorganized
  2. insane

verb

(tr) to transport (a person or object) on a trolley
See also trolleys

Word Origin for trolley

C19: probably from troll 1
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Word Origin and History for trolley
n.

1823, in Suffolk dialect, "a cart," especially one with wheels flanged for running on a track (1858), probably from troll (v.) in the sense of "to roll." Sense transferred to "pulley to convey current to a streetcar motor" (1890), then "streetcar drawing power by a trolley" (1891).

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Idioms and Phrases with trolley

trolley

see off one's head (trolley).

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