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Friday, May 02, 2014

sally

\SAL-ee\ , noun;
1.
an excursion or trip, usually off the main course.
2.
a sortie of troops from a besieged place upon an enemy.
3.
a sudden rushing forth or activity.
4.
an outburst or flight of passion, fancy, etc.: a sally of anger.
5.
a clever, witty, or fanciful remark.
6.
Carpentry. a projection, as of the end of a rafter beyond the notch by which the rafter is fitted over the wall plate.
verb:
1.
to make a sally, as a body of troops from a besieged place.
2.
to set out on a side trip or excursion.
3.
to set out briskly or energetically.
4.
(of things) to issue forth.
Quotes:
Don Quixote happened to take the same road he'd followed on his first sally, across the plain on Montiel, with less discomfort than before, because it was early morning and the sun, being low, didn't bother them.
-- Miguel de Cervantes, translated by John Rutherford, Don Quixote, 1605
He himself never wears jewels and as a matter of fact does not even carry money, borrowing a dollar from his doorman when he makes a sally from his office.
-- Herbert Brean, "Golconda on E. 51st," Life, 1952
Origin:
Sally comes from the Latin salīre meaning "to leap" by way of the Middle French saillie, which means "attack." It entered English in the mid-1500s.
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