galley-west

galley-west

[gal-ee-west]
adverb
1.
Informal. into a state of unconsciousness, confusion, or disarray (usually used in the phrase to knock galley-west ).
adjective
2.
Northern U.S. lopsided; cockeyed.

Origin:
1870–75, Americanism; alteration of British dialect collywest

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galley-west
 
adv
slang chiefly (US) into confusion, inaction, or unconsciousness (esp in the phrase knock (someoneorsomething) galley-west)
 
[C19: from English dialect colly-west awry, perhaps from Collyweston, a village in Northamptonshire]

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