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jolly well


very much; a phrase used for emphasis and enthusiasm


I jolly well hope so!

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  • This is an enchanted garden, and that's an enchanted castle, and I'm jolly well going to explore.

  • Studied it out myself, and jolly well right I was, too, as far as I went.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • I opine that it is very disturbing to you, but no enlightened observer is jolly well upset.'

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • Well, my boy, they're jolly well in the dark about it, I can tell you!

  • The first time anybody gives me any cheek I'll jolly well sock their heads.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • Of course a shipowner may say what he jolly well pleases on his own deck.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • I was talking to Raggles the other day—he dropped a hint, and Raggles's hints are jolly well worth while picking up.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • And if we say or do anything to you, you jolly well whack us over the head.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • If I could do that I could let all that you call wickedness in the world run about and do what it jolly well pleased.

    The New Machiavelli Herbert George Wells
  • And I'd jolly well like to find a treasure in Misticot's grave.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett

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