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silly billy

noun
1.
a clownish person.
Origin of silly billy
1840-1850
1840-50
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  • silly billy smelt that faulty grindstone; and I can't smell a rat a yard from my nose, it seems.

  • "This is the photograph of her which you smashed up after the silly billy scandal," she said.

    Scarlet and Hyssop E. F. Benson
  • For the moment silly billy expected to find himself on the floor, but not an eyelash quivered.

    Scarlet and Hyssop E. F. Benson
  • Raikes says of him: "He was not a man of talent, as may be inferred from his nickname of silly billy."

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