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  • adj. worried; flurried; frightened

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Worried; flurried; frightened.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, worried; harassed.


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  • It would at first sight appear strange that, in view of the enormous traffic of steamships through the Malacca Straits, so easily "gallied" a creature as the cachalot should care to frequent its waters; indeed, I should certainly think that a great reduction in the numbers of whales found there must have taken place.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • Best, therefore, withhold any amazement at the strangely gallied whales before us, for there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • It is chiefly among gallied whales that this drugg is used.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • All I'm gallied about is what the others'll think.

    Isle o' Dreams

  • Captain Coffin had observed their manoeuvres, and calling to the ship's cooper, he said, "Bangs, you will have to take charge of the ship during my absence, for every one of our boats is fastened to a whale, and the rest of the school has become gallied, and I don't want those Nantucketers to get there before our boats secure two whales apiece, at least."

    The Junior Classics — Volume 8 Animal and Nature Stories

  • While her great gallied eyes, through her hair hanging loose, 45

    The Fire at Tranter Sweatley's

  • The mass of the men were so 'gallied,' to use a sailor phrase, by the time the action was over, what with enduring so severe a fire without being able to respond, and also with the knowledge that an explosion of the magazine might occur at any time, that I doubt whether they could have been induced to bring off a man whom they knew to be dead.

    The Naval History of the United States Volume 2 (of 2)

  • Getting away in good style, we had barely got the sails up, when something gallied the school.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • We lowered three boats as promptly as usual; but when within about half a mile of the "pod" some slight noise in one of the boats gallied them, and away they went in the wind's eye, it blowing a stiffish breeze at the time, It was from the first evidently a hopeless task to chase them, but we persevered until recalled to the ship, dead beat with fatigue.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • It gallied our friends effectually, sending them flying in different directions at the top of their speed.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales


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