- n. cricket A ball, bowled by a leg break bowler, that spins from off to leg (to a right-handed batsman), unlike a normal leg-break delivery.
- adj. Of the eyes, bulging.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Cricket) a cricket ball bowled as if to break one way that actually breaks in the opposite way.
- n. a cricket ball bowled as if to break one way that actually breaks in the opposite way
- The etymology is uncertain but it is linked to Bernard Bosanquet, who developed such a delivery. It may be important that the word was first reported during one of his New Zealand matches. (Wiktionary)
“It's not just buildings by such textbook giants as Frank Lloyd Wright that seem precious — there are movements to save old neon-lit motels and those over-the-top "googly" - style fast-food joints from the '50s.”
“* A googly is a kind of pitch similar to a baseball pitch or a bowling throw in the game cricket; a wicked googly would be a really good pitch.”
“A googly is a ball delivered by a bowler that looks as if it ought to break from left to right across the bat of a right-handed batsman.”
“But the most extraordinary thing about his success here is that Mr. Swann is basically an ordinary player: There ' s nothing flashy about him, he doesn ' t bowl a " googly " or a " doosra " or any of the other mystery deliveries that can leave batsmen looking bewildered.”
“Lastly, I put drops of Wilton black icing gel atop the marshmallows in a "googly" kind of way.”
“Back in the late 1970's (maybe early 1980's) there was a brand of Peanut Butter that had the Jelly swirled into it (predating the Smuckers version) and it was called "googly" or something.”
“For 'googly' is nothing but a little initiation test, a code-word given at the start of the interview to see if you know the countersign and can be let onto the premesis of actual question no pun intended.”
“But you clearly believe, bizarrely, that the 'googly' is something which equalizes the field - when it is the 'googly' that in fact disguises a simple question in condensed, oblique language, and therefore is only a further advantage thrust at the well-prepared girl or boy who has had such strangely codified questions fired at them for months, who know 'googlies.”
“A 'googly'finds out those with a pedestrian, but well drilled, brain.”
“Hello, Miss Fournier," Fred said, going kind of googly-eyed.”
Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
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