be jolly hockey sticks

be jolly hockey sticks

To act or speak in an enthusiastic but disingenuous or irritating way, especially when one is of a high social class. Primarily heard in UK. Lady Cartwright is always jolly hockey sticks, so I don't trust a word she says. I don't have the patience to be around people who are jolly hockey sticks all the time.
See also: hockey, jolly, stick

be jolly hockey sticks

  (British humorous)
if a woman or situation is jolly hockey sticks, the woman or the people involved in that situation belong to a high social class, and often talk in a very happy way that seems false Well, she's okay, but a little jolly hockey sticks, if you know what I mean.
See also: hockey, jolly, stick
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