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1. Stirred up emotionally; upset.
2. Roiled; turbid.


1. (Biography) Bridget (Louise). born 1931, English painter, best known for her black-and-white op art paintings of the 1960s
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the life of Riley a luxurious and carefree existence
[C20: origin unknown]


(ˈraɪ li)

James Whitcomb, 1849–1916, U.S. poet.


- Has two meanings: thick and turbid, or angry and irritable.
See also related terms for thick.
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[ˈraɪlɪ] N to live the life of Riley (Brit) → darse buena vida


n to live the life of Riley (Brit inf) → leben wie Gott in Frankreich (inf)
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I wouldn't make a downright lawyer o' the lad,--I should be sorry for him to be a raskill,--but a sort o' engineer, or a surveyor, or an auctioneer and vallyer, like Riley, or one o' them smartish businesses as are all profits and no outlay, only for a big watch-chain and a high stool.
Apparently he was not disappointed, for he presently said, "I know what I'll do: I'll talk it over wi' Riley; he's coming to-morrow, t' arbitrate about the dam."
Riley, had been apparently occupied in a tactile examination of his woollen stockings.
"Riley's as likely a man as any to know o' some school; he's had schooling himself, an' goes about to all sorts o' places, arbitratin' and vallyin' and that.
But them fine-talking men from the big towns mostly wear the false shirt-fronts; they wear a frill till it's all a mess, and then hide it with a bib; I know Riley does.
When my odd friend Riley and I were newspaper correspondents in Washington, in the winter of '67, we were coming down Pennsylvania Avenue one night, near midnight, in a driving storm of snow, when the flash of a street-lamp fell upon a man who was eagerly tearing along in the opposite direction.
Riley was the most self-possessed and solemnly deliberate person in the republic.
"Yes," said Riley, slowly, "as you have remarked ...
"If the matter is so pressing, you will prefer that we visit the delegation tonight," said Riley, in a voice which had nothing mocking in it--to an unaccustomed ear.
yes," said Riley, meditatively, "you are right again.
"You should 'a' ben up at Riley's barn last night," Jim announced inconsequently.
I was goin' teh lick dat Riley kid and dey all pitched on me."