Definitions starting with G

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[from gull + -y (diminutive)] n. 1. the sea gull: 1936 Shark eat half an gully eat d' yes' (Dupuch 84). = LAUGHING BIRD, LAUGHY, SEA-GULF, MAY BIRD (Gen.)

2. a HULLY-GULLY: 1973 Some of the guys were "gullies" while others were "beatniks"and "tap)" (Missick 34).

gully got you [cf. def. 1 a scavenger symbolizing hunger] phr. You're destitute: 1936 (Dupuch 84). cf. GULLY PICKING.

gully picking cf. OED gully gullet obs. →1552; probably from a phrase meaning 'my stomach is hurting me' (from hunger), later influenced by GULLY gull, a symbol of hunger] phr. extremely hungry; pertaining to a famine: Gully-pickin' time (Eleu.). Summer comin' -- gully will pick (Eleu.). Gully startin' to pick [i.e. I'm getting hungry] (Exuma). cf. MY GUT PICKIN' ME (Black)

Tags: animal, bird, idiom, noun, phrase

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Last update: 2011-05-28 17:49
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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