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get (one's) jollies

To seek out, indulge in, or enjoy something fun or pleasurable. The term usually hints at a certain degree of perverse satisfaction. Primarily heard in UK. The restless teenagers got their jollies by throwing rocks at passing cars.
See also: get, jolly

jolly (someone) along

To encourage someone (to do something), especially in a positive, cheerful manner. I was getting disheartened writing my first novel, but my husband jollied me along to finish it.
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jolly (someone) into (doing) (something)

To persuade or encourage someone to do something, especially in a positive, cheerful manner. I was getting disheartened writing my first novel, but my husband jollied me into finishing it. I'd been feeling pretty low after my breakup with Tina, so I'm glad my friends jollied me into a weekend away in Los Vegas.
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jolly (someone) up

To make (someone) happier or more cheerful; to cheer (someone) up. My mom tried jollying us up by taking us out for pizza after our team lost the championship. After his divorce, we all thought Ted could do with some jollying up.
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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. 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

jolly ˈgood!

(old-fashioned, British English, spoken) used to show that you approve of something that somebody has just said: So you and Alan are going away for the weekend, are you? Jolly good.
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ˈjolly well

(old-fashioned, British English) used to emphasize a statement when you are annoyed about something: If you don’t come now, you can jolly well walk home!
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n. a charge or thrill; a sexual thrill; kick. He got his jollies from skin flicks.
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mod. alcohol intoxicated; tipsy. Kelly was a little too jolly, and her sister told her to slow down.


mod. certainly. You jolly-well better be there on time.
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It's hardly the jolliest job, comprising a world (usually) of sombre colours and raw emotions.
He was one of the happiest and jolliest chaps I have ever had the privilege of knowing.
I love the play, I think it's one of Shaw's jolliest.
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And his chubby red cheeks make him look like the jolliest little prince of all.
George Shaw The Daily Telegraph called it "the jolliest stuff" and The Daily Sketch wrote "Mrs Patrick Campbell's consummate comedy acting robs the phrase of all offensiveness".
Goodnight and God bless to the jolliest Uncle ever.
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But with Christmas approaching, Fred could jeopardize the jolliest holiday of the year and ruin Christmas.
Staff from the local branch of the website have sent out their little elves to find everything from the jolliest Santa with the biggest smile, the best children's pantomimes and the venues of all the fairs, fetes, carol concerts and church services.
The generosity of spirit, the desire to share instrumental delight with the listeners, the larger-than-life character of one of jazz piano's jolliest treasures - all these elements go together to make this a real life-affirmer.
HE plays some of TV's jolliest characters and for two years has been making us chuckle as hapless handyman Ken Hopkirk in The Royal.
And the pretty market town has been ranked ninth in a nationwide survey to find the jolliest town in Britain.
Swivelling in the saddle, you were confronted first by a thicket of fishing rods-the Salmon and Trout Association-then on down this oddest, jolliest and certainly loyallest of queues, from Barnardo's to the Battle of Britain Fighter Association, complete with the legendary `Cat's Eyes' Cunningham waving from a vintage Rolls.