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Topic: MOTOR VEHICLES

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Probably from troll 'cart' (17-19 centuries), from troll 'to roll' (15-19 centuries)

trolley

noun
     
trolley
trol‧ley [countable]
1 British EnglishD a large basket on wheels that you use for carrying bags, shopping etc [= cart American English]
a supermarket trolley
2 British EnglishDFU a small table on wheels used for serving food [= cart American English]
a drinks trolley
the sweet trolley (=one for serving sweet dishes, cakes etc in a restaurant)
3 American EnglishTTC an electric vehicle for carrying passengers which moves along the street on metal tracks [= tram British English]
4TTC a trolleybus
5

be off your trolley

British English informal humorous to be crazy
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