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- n. Skillygalee.
- adj. Skilled, skilful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as skilligalee.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a thin porridge or soup (usually oatmeal and water flavored with meat)
` Three parts 'means three-quarters of a pint, and ` skilly' is a fluid concoction of three quarts of oatmeal stirred into three buckets and a half of hot water.
"skilly" is a fluid concoction of three quarts of oatmeal stirred into three buckets and a half of hot water.
"If you couldn't get it anywhere else, you could get it in the workhuss, a nice 'ot bowl of soup called skilly, and bread better'n any one knows' ow to make now, reg'lar WHITE bread, gov'ment bread."
Breakfast at 6: 00 A.M. might be bread and a gruel called "skilly" made with oatmeal or moldy meat.
"Three parts" means three-quarters of a pint, and "skilly" is a fluid concoction of three quarts of oatmeal stirred into three buckets and a half of hot water.
It consisted of gruel, or, in prison parlance, "skilly," and another little brown loaf.
The reader will understand the position better if I remind him that the only material preparation I had in the morning for the task of defending myself against Sir Hardinge Giffard and Mr. Maloney was six ounces of dry bread and a little thin cocoa, which the doctor had ordered instead of the "skilly" to stop my diarrhoea.
To remove this evil influence, I was subjected to the following operation, which was prescribed and superintended by a neighbour "skilly" in such matters: -- A sixpence was borrowed from a neighbour, a good fire was kept burning in the grate, the door was locked, and I was placed upon a chair in front of the fire.
“If you couldn’t get it anywhere else, you could get it in the workhuss, a nice ‘ot bowl of soup called skilly, and bread better’n any one knows ‘ow to make now, reg’lar WHITE bread, gov’ment bread.”
'skilly' includes all the indelicacies of the season, with champagne,