Sallies

Maria V.

New Member
Greek
Hi! I read in Atwood's Alias Grace "i returned their sallies".It can't be the definition i read as it doesn't make any sense!The extract is of a gorl ghat is being flirted!
 
  • Acestor

    Senior Member
    Greek
    Υπάρχει μια δεύτερη σημασία (περα από εκείνη της εξόρμησης). Στο ODE δίνεται ως εξής:

    A witty or lively remark, especially one made as an attack or as a diversion in an argument; a retort.
    ‘there was subdued laughter at this sally’
    ‘his sally at Descartes’
    Synonyms: witticism, witty remark, smart remark, quip, barb, pleasantry, epigram, aphorism
    sally | Definition of sally in English by Lexico Dictionaries


    Θα μπορούσαμε να πούμε: πείραγμα > ανταπέδωσα τα πειράγματά τους.
     

    Maria V.

    New Member
    Greek
    Υπάρχει μια δεύτερη σημασία (περα από εκείνη της εξόρμησης). Στο ODE δίνεται ως εξής:

    A witty or lively remark, especially one made as an attack or as a diversion in an argument; a retort.
    ‘there was subdued laughter at this sally’
    ‘his sally at Descartes’
    Synonyms: witticism, witty remark, smart remark, quip, barb, pleasantry, epigram, aphorism
    sally | Definition of sally in English by Lexico Dictionaries


    Θα μπορούσαμε να πούμε: πείραγμα > ανταπέδωσα τα πειράγματά τους.
     

    Maria V.

    New Member
    Greek
    Thank you!i sensed it was something like that but in the translation i would find only "military attack".
     

    Helleno File

    Senior Member
    English - UK
    Acestor has it exactly right. It's an unusual word slightly formal, sometimes with a humorous undertone as in Maria V's example because it is hyperbolic.

    I'm fairly sure the word has a French origin. It makes me think of Western European siege warfare of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when the inhabitants of a besieged walled town would make a "sally" against the besiegers.
     
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