AskDefine | Define sally

Dictionary Definition



1 witty remark [syn: wisecrack, crack, quip]
2 a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position [syn: sortie]
3 a venture off the beaten path; "a sally into the wide world beyond his home" [syn: sallying forth] [also: sallied]

User Contributed Dictionary

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Alternative spellings


  • /'sæl.i/, /"s

Extensive Definition

Sally might mean any of the following:


  • A tufted woollen part of a bellrope, used to provide grip when ringing a bell
  • Sally rod, a club whose name apparently derived from the willow's botanical name salix


  • As a masculine name, chiefly in Italian, a nickname for someone named Salvatore







  • Sally Corporation, a manufacturer of dark rides and audio-animatronics
  • Sally Line, an Ålandian passenger shipping company and cruise line

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

access, aggravated assault, aggression, amphibious attack, aphorism, apothegm, arise, armed assault, assailing, assailment, assault, attack, bail out, banzai attack, be off, blitz, blitzkrieg, bon mot, boutade, break cover, break forth, breakthrough, bright idea, bright thought, brilliant idea, burst, burst forth, campaign, charge, circuit, come, come forth, come out, conceit, counterattack, counteroffensive, coup de main, course, crack, crippling attack, dead set at, debouch, descent on, disembogue, diversion, diversionary attack, drive, drollery, effuse, emanate, emerge, epigram, erupt, eruption, excursion, expedition, explosion, extrude, facetiae, flank attack, flare-up, flash of wit, flight of wit, frontal attack, gag, gas attack, get off, gibe, go forth, grand tour, gust, happy thought, head-on attack, infiltration, issue, issue forth, jape, jaunt, jest, journey, jump out, junket, lightning attack, lightning war, mass attack, megadeath, mot, mugging, nasty crack, offense, offensive, onset, onslaught, outing, outset, outstart, overkill, package tour, panzer warfare, peregrination, persiflage, pilgrimage, play of wit, pleasantry, pleasure trip, progress, protrude, push, put forth, quip, quips and cranks, repartee, retort, riposte, round trip, roundabout, rubberneck tour, run, run against, run at, rush, safari, sally forth, scintillation, set forth, set forward, set off, set out, shock tactics, shoot, smart crack, smart saying, snappy comeback, sortie, stalk, start, start off, start out, strike, strike out, stroke of wit, surface, tour, trek, trip, turn, turn of thought, unprovoked assault, voyage, waggery, wisecrack, witticism
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