from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A town: an element in many place-names in Ireland: as, Ballywalter, upper town; Ballycastle, castle-town; Ballymoney, town on the moss, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective an informal intensifier.

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  • adjective UK, dated, euphemistic bloody; used as a mild intensifier.
  • adverb UK, dated, euphemistic Very.

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  • adjective informal intensifiers


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  • "He means he doesn't understand what 'bally' is," explained Banty.

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  • Chuckling to himself at the depth and cunning of his intended course of action, he went among the farmers begging for "bally"!

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  • It's only something that Raygan would call bally rot in the paper. "

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  • "You'll get your bally head shot off some fine day," Captain Ward growled in answer, as he stepped to the binnacle and took the bearing of a peak which had just thrust its head through the clouds that covered Guadalcanar.


  • She was understandably reluctant to brave German fire to recover German wounded: "I don't mind running risks for our men or the French but I'm blithered if I'm going to have holes put in me by a bally Teuton while I pick up their men."

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  • So I handed over the bally thing to Jeeves, who has a head the size of a melon.


  • They gave us a good meal – bally beef stew with added raisins – and sent us on our way south, on foot!

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