Billie

Definitions

  • "Billy allowed the letter to be taken."
    "Billy allowed the letter to be taken."
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Billie a comrade, a companion-in-arms: an Australian bushman's boiling-pan or tea-pot
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Billy Bull advising with Captain Talbot Billy Bull advising with Captain Talbot
Phebe and Billy going to School Phebe and Billy going to School
LITTLE BILLIE TAKING UP THE COLLECTION LITTLE BILLIE TAKING UP THE COLLECTION

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. from Bill, a familiar abbrev. of William.

Usage

In literature:

Billy, here, knows 'em.
"Found in the Philippines" by Charles King
If Billy was still wearing curls at seven, he needed a tonic for he was not regular.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
It didn't seem to me that the corps, as a rule, thought Billy the victim of persecution.
"Starlight Ranch" by Charles King
Billy returned as young, as inconsequent, as irrepressible as ever.
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay
It was Peter who had the big billy goat, the only one strong enough for the task.
"Lisbeth Longfrock" by Hans Aanrud
Now turn in, fellows, or Billy'll think we're lazy in the morning.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
I gave the head to Billy Boucher, the cook.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
Billy began bailing, frantically, with a bucket, at the water that had already come in.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
She'll never leave Billy unless she's fetched.
"The La Chance Mine Mystery" by Susan Carleton Jones
Your cousin Kitty is as nice as any girl I know, and I rather think Billy isn't such a bad sort.
"The Cheerful Smugglers" by Ellis Parker Butler
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In poetry:

Land of politicians silly,
Home of wind and willy-willy,
Land of blanket, tent and billy,
Westralia.
"Ode to West Australia" by Anonymous Oceania
One cracked him with his billy
Above the left eye,
One thugged him with his pistol
And left him lie.
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
A bullock in a biped's boot,
I iterate, is Billy!
He crushes with a careless foot
The touching water-lily.
"Billy Vickers" by Henry Kendall
No billy can was in his hand,
No heavy swag he bore,
But deep and awful were the oaths
That swagless swaggie swore.
"The Swagless Swaggie" by Edward Harrington
If ever he should have a "spill"
Upon the grass or gravel,
Be sure of this, the saddle will
With Billy Vickers travel.
"Billy Vickers" by Henry Kendall
Next day, an hour before the dawn,
The stranger took the track
Complete with pup and billy can,
His swag upon his back.
"The Swagless Swaggie" by Edward Harrington

In news:

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS (CNN) — On October 1, 1982, the first commercial compact disc , Billy Joel's "52nd Street," was released in Japan.
On October 1, 1982, Billy Joel's "52nd Street" was released commercially on CD.
The radio buried somewhere in the dusty clutter of Jerry Ellis's office is playing Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are," but Ellis is too engrossed in the conversation to notice.
Billy Graham spoke privately to Gov Romney on October 11, 2012.
With Billy the Marlin, who presumably also signs his checks "Mr. Marlin".
Rumor has it that Billie Joe Armstrong enjoys collecting figures, dolls, and other likenesses of dolls.
Lawyer Calls Billy Joel Suit ' Contrived '.
Allen Grubman, one of the most powerful lawyers in the recording industry, yesterday denied charges brought two weeks ago by the singer Billy Joel in a $90 million lawsuit.
The Civil Wars Cover 'Billie Jean'.
Billy Causey, superintendent of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, traces the causes of reef decline for Betty Ann Bowser of the NewsHour's Science Unit.
Billie Marie Brown Cowling .
Onstage in Chicago this week, Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan called out Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder for, of all things, the Cubs' disappointing season.
Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie on indefinite sick leave.
(AP) — Jabbed, prodded and poked repeatedly about a topic that never really goes away, Billy Payne wouldn't budge.
Billie Louise Crick , age 82 of Lewisburg, died Friday, March 2, 2007 in Maury Regional Hospital.
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In science:

We, if not you, are reminded of the scene between Julie Jordan and Billie Bigelow in Carousel.
Astrophysics in 2006
Bigger’s baby (who is a little bigger, and resurfaced in the literature after 90 years of burial with Capt’n Billy’s Whizbang.) Not, admittedly, the astrophysical literature.
Astrophysics in 2006
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