Aunt Sally

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aunt Sally a puppet head placed on a pole and having a pipe in its mouth; also a game, which consists in trying to hit the pipe by throwing short bludgeons at it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Aunt Sally a pastime at English fairs, in which a wooden head is set on a pole, and in the mouth a pipe, which has to be smashed by throwing sticks or the like at it
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. ante (Fr. tante)—L. amita, a father's sister.

Usage

In literature:

Tilly looked reproachfully at Aunt Sally; Aunt Sally looked reproachfully at Uncle Dave, who passed the reproach on to the dog.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
In the evening with the help of a cane and Sally, Aunt Selina managed to reach the dining-room for dinner.
"The Blue Birds' Winter Nest" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
How was Aunt Sally Doane?
"Mary Ware's Promised Land" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Aunt Sally, from Eddings Point, amused us with her queer, wild talk a long time.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various
That night Aunt Sally watched the sunset over the hills through bitter tears.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Aunt Farnsworth condoled with her niece on the loss of her money, and the receipt for Sally Lunn cake.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3, No. 1 January 1863" by Various
I know the children will be in good hands when they are with you and Aunt Sallie.
"The Curlytops and Their Playmates" by Howard R. Garis
Aunt Sallie, a slight bird-like little creature, reached scarcely to his shoulder.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
My Ethiopian friends jumped at the proposal, and forthwith fraternized with Aunt Sally.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
For some time, "Aunt Sally Jefferson," the cook at Leslie Manor had been ailing, and had recently gone away to "res' up.
"A Dixie School Girl" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
I wonder how Aunt Sally gets along with her?
"The Dragon's Secret" by Augusta Huiell Seaman
Aunt Sallie is coming back, day after to-morrow, and she is to bring my trunk with her.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
Bands of music, Aunt Sally, and the usual side shows were there.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
Noel had a paint-box too, and H. O. had a very good Aunt Sally.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
Mrs. Trent and Aunt Sally sat down alone to dinner.
"Jessica, the Heiress" by Evelyn Raymond
No wonder aunt Sally chose to live at the parsonage.
"The Continental Dragoon" by Robert Neilson Stephens
But it was a mistake, Aunt Sally.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
Fry a little pork to go with the pone, Aunt Sally.
"The Mountain Girl" by Payne Erskine
Is your Aunt Sallie ready?
"The Automobile Girls at Chicago" by Laura Dent Crane
I'm not going to say anything, but it will take a regular guard to keep me with Aunt Sally.
"A Daughter of the Union" by Lucy Foster Madison
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In news:

Pre-Civil War-era ' Aunt Sally Jack' house in Beaufort under renovation.
Uncle Joe's awful stories, Aunt Sally's rants on 'America's Got Talent,' and Grandpa complaining about anything and everything will all just melt away into background noice with a nice buzz on.
Now that some stores are starting to open on Thanksgiving Day, my BFF Stacy and I don't have to waste time listening to my boring Uncle Bob go on and on about his quadruple bypass or hear about her Aunt Sally's double knee replacement.
This Thanksgiving, when you hand over the cranberries and pumpkin pie to Aunt Sally and Grandpa Joe, you might take a minute to think about the DNA around the dining room table.
I know nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like from the sparkling depths of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally's cellar—Thomas Jefferson.
Whether you picked the right six numbers in your state's lottery or your dear Aunt Sally left you her condo in Boca Raton, you have some issues to deal with.
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