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sal·ly

 (săl′ē)
intr.v. sal·lied, sal·ly·ing, sal·lies
1. To rush out or leap forth suddenly: a bird that sallies out from a branch to catch flying insects.
2. To issue suddenly from a defensive or besieged position to attack an enemy.
3. To set out on a trip or excursion: sallied forth to see the world.
n. pl. sal·lies
1. A sudden rush forward or leap.
2. An assault from a defensive position; a sortie.
3. A sudden effort toward action or expression: "[She] kept up a sally of brilliant but doomed attempts at conversation" (Donna Tartt).
4. A sudden quick witticism; a quip.
5. A venturing forth; a jaunt.

[From French saillie, a sally, from Old French, from feminine past participle of salir, to rush forward, from Latin salīre, to leap; see sel- in Indo-European roots.]

Sally

(ˈsælɪ)
n, pl -lies
(Protestantism) a member of the Salvation Army

sally

(ˈsælɪ)
n, pl -lies
(Music, other) the lower part of a bell rope, where it is caught at handstroke, into which coloured wool is woven to make a grip
[C19: perhaps from an obsolete or dialect sense of sally1 leaping movement]

Sally

(ˈsælɪ)
n, pl -lies
(Protestantism) a member of the Salvation Army

sal•ly

(ˈsæl i)

n., pl. -lies, n.
1. a sortie of troops from a besieged place against an enemy.
2. a sudden rushing forth.
3. an excursion or side trip.
4. an outburst of passion, flight of fancy, etc.
5. a witty remark; quip.
v.i.
6. to make a sally, as a body of troops from a besieged place.
7. to set out, as on an excursion; venture (often fol. by forth).
8. to rush or burst out.
[1535–45; < Middle French saillie, n. use of feminine past participle of saillir to rush forward < Latin salīre to leap]

sally


Past participle: sallied
Gerund: sallying

Imperative
sally
sally
Present
I sally
you sally
he/she/it sallies
we sally
you sally
they sally
Preterite
I sallied
you sallied
he/she/it sallied
we sallied
you sallied
they sallied
Present Continuous
I am sallying
you are sallying
he/she/it is sallying
we are sallying
you are sallying
they are sallying
Present Perfect
I have sallied
you have sallied
he/she/it has sallied
we have sallied
you have sallied
they have sallied
Past Continuous
I was sallying
you were sallying
he/she/it was sallying
we were sallying
you were sallying
they were sallying
Past Perfect
I had sallied
you had sallied
he/she/it had sallied
we had sallied
you had sallied
they had sallied
Future
I will sally
you will sally
he/she/it will sally
we will sally
you will sally
they will sally
Future Perfect
I will have sallied
you will have sallied
he/she/it will have sallied
we will have sallied
you will have sallied
they will have sallied
Future Continuous
I will be sallying
you will be sallying
he/she/it will be sallying
we will be sallying
you will be sallying
they will be sallying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sallying
you have been sallying
he/she/it has been sallying
we have been sallying
you have been sallying
they have been sallying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sallying
you will have been sallying
he/she/it will have been sallying
we will have been sallying
you will have been sallying
they will have been sallying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sallying
you had been sallying
he/she/it had been sallying
we had been sallying
you had been sallying
they had been sallying
Conditional
I would sally
you would sally
he/she/it would sally
we would sally
you would sally
they would sally
Past Conditional
I would have sallied
you would have sallied
he/she/it would have sallied
we would have sallied
you would have sallied
they would have sallied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sally - witty remark
comment, remark, input - a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information; "from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account"
2.sally - a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their positionsally - a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position
military action, action - a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
3.sally - a venture off the beaten path; "a sally into the wide world beyond his home"
venture - any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome

sally

noun
1. witticism, joke, quip, crack (informal), retort, jest, riposte, wisecrack (informal), bon mot, smart remark He had thus far succeeded in fending off my conversational sallies.
verb
1. go forth, set out, rush, issue, surge, erupt She would sally out on a bitter night to keep her appointments.
Translations
هَجْمَه مُفاجِئَه
výpad
udfald
lähteäliikkeellerynnäköidärynnistäävastahyökkäys
skyndiútrás
išpuolisnetikėtai užpulti
izbrukums
uitstapwilg

sally

[ˈsælɪ]
A. VI to sally forth or outsalir airado
B. Nsalida f
to make a sallyhacer una salida

sally

nAusbruch m; (of troops)Ausfall m; to make a sally (troops) → einen Ausfall machen; (fig: verbally) → eine Tirade loslassen; I made a sally into townich habe einen Trip in die Stadt gemacht
vi (old, hum) to sally forth (Mil) → einen Ausfall machen; (= rush out)hinausstürmen; (= set out)sich aufmachen

sally

[ˈsælɪ] n (witty remark) → battuta
sally forth sally out vi + adv (old) → uscire di gran carriera

sally

(ˈsӕli) plural ˈsallies noun
a sudden act of rushing out (eg from a fort) to make an attack.
sally forth
(of soldiers) to rush out to make an attack. They sallied forth against the enemy.
References in classic literature ?
Sally was a wild thing, with sunburned yellow hair, bobbed about her ears, and a brown skin, for she never wore a hat.
Merriman's laugh at this sally was such a genuine outburst and so contagious that it started the dinner with an agreeable swing that never slackened.
Where else but from Nantucket did those aboriginal whalemen, the Red-Men, first sally out in canoes to give chase to the Leviathan?
He would sally forth from a saloon, and, after making sure there was no policeman in sight, would approach every likely-looking person who passed him, telling his woeful story and pleading for a nickel or a dime.
Missis let Sally try to make some cake, t' other day, jes to larn her, she said.
Why, Sally, I COULDN'T miss him along the road -- YOU know that.
Roxy followed this sally with another discharge of carefree laughter.
They raged around Sid like a hail-storm; and before Aunt Polly could collect her surprised faculties and sally to the rescue, six or seven clods had taken personal effect, and Tom was over the fence and gone.
Tom, I reckon you've got to pack up and go down to Arkansaw--your aunt Sally wants you.
This sloop was named Sally Lloyd, in honor of one of the colonel's daughters.
They was stopping in a chaise at the door of the New London Inn, as I went there with a message from Sally at the Park to her brother, who is one of the post-boys.
Jem Rodney's story was no more than what might have been expected by anybody who had seen how Marner had cured Sally Oates, and made her sleep like a baby, when her heart had been beating enough to burst her body, for two months and more, while she had been under the doctor's care.