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[bal-ee] /ˈbæl i/
adjective, adverb, British Slang.
damned (euphemism for bloody).
Origin of bally
1840-50; by alteration


[bah-lee] /ˈbɑ li/
a city in SW West Bengal, in E India, NW of Calcutta. Unabridged
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  • "I'll do any bally thing you tell me to now," he said quickly.

    The Dark Tower Phyllis Bottome
  • I say, Monk, what's this bally important business we've got on hand?

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • A newcomer is always puzzled by the large number of names on the map beginning with the word bally.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • Commander: "Well, look sharp and find the bally thing—we want to get on."

  • Lots of times the pack of us would have been in a bally lot of hot water only for the clever way you had of handling things.

  • "Went to bed so bally sober I couldn't sleep," replied the misguided youth.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • By my own exertions I've never done one bally thing either useful or spectacular.

    The Danger Mark Robert W. Chambers
  • But all this is away from the point, which is, why grizzle and grouse at the bally Awful.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • Couldn't if I wanted to, by Jove; the bally cartridges are all gone, what?

    Pirates' Hope Francis Lynde
  • You know, I came out to this bally country on false pretences, as it were.

British Dictionary definitions for bally


adjective, adverb
(Brit, slang) a euphemism for bloody (sense 6)


(Northern English, dialect) a thumb
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Word Origin and History for bally

1885, British English, slang euphemism for bloody.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bally

ass peddler

noun phrase

A prostitute, of either sex

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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