See also: Dolly
dolly (plural dollies)
- A contrivance, turning on a vertical axis by a handle or winch, and giving a circular motion to the ore to be washed; a stirrer.
- A tool with an indented head for shaping the head of a rivet.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
- In pile driving, a block interposed between the head of the pile and the ram of the driver.
- A small truck with a single wide roller used for moving heavy beams, columns, etc., in bridge building.
- A compact, narrow-gauge locomotive used for moving construction trains, switching, etc.
- (film) A specialized piece of film equipment resembling a little cart on which a camera is mounted.
- (childish, colloquial) A doll.
- (slang) A young woman, especially one who is frivolous or vapid.
1978, John McGrath, Yobbo nowt, page 39:
- But really you get your money from selling things — that's your line, and your Dad's isn't it? Using sexy dollies to con money out of people who've had to work for it. Well my daughter's not just a sugar-plum fairy to titillate men's fantasies, you know.
- 1996, Billboard (number 45, page 24)
- This glorious collection should be passed around clubland as a textbook study in making a seamless transition from being a disco dolly to a serious pop vocalist.
- (cricket) A ball hit by a batsman such that it goes gently to a fielder for a simple catch.
- Welsh: doli
A small truck with a single wide roller used for moving heavy beams, columns, etc., in bridge building
a camera cart
- (specialized piece of film equipment): tracking shot
- (transitive, cricket) To hit a dolly.
- To move an object using a dolly.
- (Polari) Pretty; attractive.
1967, Bona Bijou Tourettes (Round the Horne), season 3, episode 12, written by Kenneth Horne:
- Divine. Sitting, sipping a tiny drinkette, vadaïng the great butch omis and dolly little palones trolling by, or disporting yourself on the sable plage getting your lallies all bronzed - your riah getting bleached by the soleil.
2015 October 12, Lowe, Adam, “Poem of the week: Vada That”, in The Guardian:
- She minces past the brandy latch / to vada dolly dish for trade, silly / with oomph and taste to park.