gardyloo


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gardyloo

(ˈɡɑːdɪˌluː)
n
archaic a warning cry given before throwing dirty water from a window

gardyloo

- A warning cry derived from French gare de l'eau, "beware of the water"—referring to the water and slops that were once thrown by servants from higher stories of a building onto the street.
See also related terms for servants.
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Marcin, 36, was reported missing near Observatory Gully and Gardyloo Gully on Ben Nevis on January 21.
It would be really easy to slip over the edge of Gardyloo Gully while you're being blown and battered and pushed off the track.
And on the way down, you have to negotiate Gardyloo Gully on your right then Five Finger Gully on your left.
King Gardyloo, as he was named, had in turn tricked other down-and-outs into exchanging their souls to become a member of his royal court.
King Gardyloo had wanted Violet to be his queen but she had rejected his offer, even though Mugwort the jester had threatened to tickle her till she agreed to the bargain.
Of course, Violet and Jimmy were not believed, but Charlie had seen King Gardyloo, Mugwort, the minstrels and soldiers, and on the following Saturday, he was walking down Woolton Road when he noticed seven tramps standing by the lodge house of Bishop Eton Church.
Editor Guy Procter told The Guardian he was "quite gutted at this mistake," but he was sure the magazine's astute readers wouldn't heed the misdirection and plummet a thousand feet into Gardyloo Gully.
Trail omitted the first bearing of 231 degrees, which leads you away from Gardyloo Gully and only printed the second dogleg bearing that leads you off the summit.
One of my favorites is this gardyloo from Herman Melville: "No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it.
Mountaineers could take a compass bearing from the summit cairn which would lead them to the first pole at the top of Gardyloo Gully.