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Gerry

[ger-ee] /ˈgɛr i/
noun
1.
Elbridge
[el-brij] /ˈɛl brɪdʒ/ (Show IPA),
1744–1814, U.S. politician: vice president 1813–14.
Compare gerrymander.
2.
Also, Gerri. a male or female given name.

Ferraro

[fuh-rahr-oh] /fəˈrɑr oʊ/
noun
1.
Geraldine Anne ("Gerry") 1935–2011, U.S. politician: congresswoman 1978–84; first woman chosen as the vice-presidential nominee of a major political party 1984.

Mulligan

[muhl-i-guh n] /ˈmʌl ɪ gən/
noun
1.
Gerald Joseph ("Gerry"; "Jeru") 1927–96, U.S. jazz saxophonist, bandleader, and composer.
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  • You will be as safe in my house as in the rooms of the Gerry Society.

    The Penalty Gouverneur Morris
  • Gerry says he was a perfect companion, "and as honourable as the sun."

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • Then, as he continued his walk, he thought, “I must tell Gerry not to kill any harmless creature unless we need it for food.”

    Meg of Mystery Mountain Grace May North
  • They say you helped Maurie pull him off Gerry, and told 'em you'd take it from there.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • However, Felipe was at present pleasantly sure of Gerry's sympathy.

    The Camp Fire Girls Behind the Lines Margaret O'Bannon Womack Vandercook
British Dictionary definitions for Gerry

mulligan

/ˈmʌlɪɡən/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a stew made from odds and ends of food
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from the surname

Mulligan

/ˈmʌlɪɡən/
noun
1.
Gerry, full name Gerald Joseph Mulligan. 1927–96, US jazz saxophonist, who pioneered the cool jazz style of the 1950s
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Word Origin and History for Gerry

Mulligan

n.

surname, from Gaelic Maolagan, Old Irish Maelecan, a double diminutive of mael "bald," hence "the little bald (or shaven) one," probably often a reference to a monk or disciple. As "stew made with whatever's available," 1904, hobo slang, probably from a proper name. The golf sense of "extra stroke after a poor shot" (1949) is sometimes said to be from the name of a Canadian golfer in the 1920s whose friends gave him an extra shot in gratitude for driving them over rough roads to their weekly foursome at St. Lambert Country Club near Montreal.

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Slang definitions & phrases for Gerry

mulligan

noun

  1. A stew, esp one made of any available meat and vegetables (1904+ Hoboes)
  2. : A mulligan is the taking of an extra shot contrary to the rules (1940s+ Golf)

[perhaps fr the proper name Mulligan]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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