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Topic: MILITARY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old French
Origin: saillie, from saillir 'to run forward', from Latin salire 'to jump'

sally

1 noun
     
sal‧ly1 plural sallies [countable] formal
1PM a sudden quick attack and return to a position of defence
2 an intelligent remark that is intended to amuse people
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