Word of the Day
\ SAL-ee \ , noun;
1. An excursion or trip, usually off the main course.
2. A sortie of troops from a besieged place upon an enemy.
3. A sudden rushing forth or activity.
1. To make a sally, as a body of troops from a besieged place.
2. To set out on a side trip or excursion.
3. To set out briskly or energetically.
4. (of things) to issue forth.
Quotes: Don Quixote happened to take the same road he'd followed on his first sally , across the plain on Montiel, with less discomfort than before, because it was early morning and the sun, being low, didn't bother them.
-- Miguel de Cervantes, translated by John Rutherford, Don Quixote , 1605
He himself never wears jewels and as a matter of fact does not even carry money, borrowing a dollar from his doorman when he makes a sally from his office.
-- Herbert Brean, "Golconda on E. 51st," Life , 1952
Sally comes from the Latin salīre meaning "to leap" by way of the Middle French saillie , which means "attack." It entered English in the mid-1500s.