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derry

[der-ee] /ˈdɛr i/
noun, plural derries.
1.
a meaningless refrain or chorus in old songs.
Also called derry-down
[der-ee-doun] /ˈdɛr iˌdaʊn/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for derrydown

derry1

/ˈdɛrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
(Austral & NZ) have a derry on, to have a prejudice or grudge against
Word Origin
C19: probably from derry down, a refrain in some folk songs, alluding to the phrase have a down on; see down1

derry2

/ˈdɛrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
(slang) a derelict house, esp one used by tramps, drug addicts, etc
Word Origin
C20: shortened from derelict

Derry

/ˈdɛrɪ/
noun
1.
a district in NW Northern Ireland, in Co Londonderry. Pop: 106 456 (2003 est). Area: 387 sq km (149 sq miles)
2.
another name for Londonderry
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