underground trolley


noun

See under trolley(def 4).

Nearby words

  1. undergrad,
  2. undergraduate,
  3. underground,
  4. underground movie,
  5. underground railroad,
  6. undergrown,
  7. undergrowth,
  8. underhair,
  9. underhand,
  10. underhand chop

trolley

or trol·ly

[trol-ee]

noun, plural trol·leys.

a pulley or truck traveling on an overhead track and serving to support and move a suspended object.
a grooved metallic wheel or pulley carried on the end of a pole (trolley pole) by an electric car or locomotive, and held in contact with an overhead conductor, usually a suspended wire (trolley wire), from which it collects the current for the propulsion of the car or locomotive.
any of various devices for collecting current for such a purpose, as a pantograph, or a bowlike structure (bow trolley) sliding along an overhead wire, or a device (underground trolley) for taking current from the underground wire or conductor used by some electric railways.
a small truck or car operated on a track, as in a mine or factory.
a serving cart, as one used to serve desserts.
Chiefly British. any of various low carts or vehicles, as a railway handcar or costermonger's cart.

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

to convey or go by trolley.

Origin of trolley

First recorded in 1815–25; orig. dial.; apparently akin to troll1

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British Dictionary definitions for underground 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 underground trolley

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 underground trolley

trolley

see off one's head (trolley).

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