galley-west

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galley-west

adv
slang chiefly US into confusion, inaction, or unconsciousness (esp in the phrase knock (someone or something) galley-west)
[C19: from English dialect colly-west awry, perhaps from Collyweston, a village in Northamptonshire]
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gal′ley-west′



adv.
Informal. into a state of confusion or disarray (usu. used in the phrase to knock galley-west).
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Of course, that knocked the mystery galley-west in a second.
Then she grabbed up the basket and slammed it across the house and knocked the cat galley-west; and she said cle'r out and let her have some peace, and if we come bothering around her again betwixt that and dinner she'd skin us.
Cobb made none of these generalizations; his remark to his wife that night was simply to the effect that whenever the child looked at him she knocked him galley-west.