adverb Etymology: probably alteration of English dialect collywest badly askew Date: 1875 into destruction or confusion <
was knocked galley-west

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  • galley-west — ☆ galley west [gal΄ē west′ ] adv. [< dial. colly west < ?] Informal into confusion or inaction: chiefly in the phrase knock galley west …   English World dictionary

  • galley-west — |galē|west adverb Etymology: probably alteration of English dialect collywest, collyweston in an opposite direction, badly askew, awry, perhaps from a personal name : into a condition of total disorder, destruction, confusion, or uselessness used …   Useful english dictionary

  • galley-west — /gal ee west /, adv. 1. Informal. into a state of unconsciousness, confusion, or disarray (usually used in the phrase to knock galley west). adj. 2. Northern U.S. lopsided; cockeyed. [1870 75, Amer.; alter. of Brit. dial. collywest] * * * …   Universalium

  • galley-west — gal′ley west′ adv. dial. inf Informal. into a state of confusion or disarray (usu. used in the phrase to knock galley west) …   From formal English to slang

  • galley-west — gal·ley west …   English syllables

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