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An expression of encouragement, support, or approval toward a woman, used as a standalone interjection before or after a sentence. It is a variation of the more common (but also potentially diminutive) "attagirl;" sometimes spelled "atta gal." A: "I was promoted to executive manager this morning." B: "Attagal! You're in the big leagues now!"

you gals

A friendly way of addressing a group of women collectively. I can't wait to see you gals on Saturday!
See also: gal

girl Friday

A female assistant who is capable of many different types of tasks. Based on the term "man Friday," the term can be considered sexist. I like to have my daughter be my girl Friday during "take your child to work" day. She's a better worker than some of my employees!
See also: Friday, girl

girl Friday

Also, gal Friday. An efficient and faithful female assistant, as in I'll have my girl Friday get the papers together. The expression plays on man Friday, a name for a devoted male servant or assistant. The name Friday comes from Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, whose shipwrecked hero named the young native who became his faithful companion for the day of the week when he found him. In the mid-1900s Friday was applied to a male servant and then a women secretary or clerk who works for a man. The expression girl Friday gained currency through a motion picture starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday (1940). Today it tends to be considered condescending and, applied to a woman, sexist.
See also: Friday, girl
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Because GALs receive special training to conduct their statutorily mandated investigations and prepare their reports, and are available in court to testify to their investigative techniques, it seemed that GALs should fall within the hearsay exception.
Second District cases after Scaringe have continued to express that court's wariness regarding GALs.
The Second District's opinion of "typical" GALs was perhaps best expressed in a case that did not concern children or dependency, but rather an adult woman in a permanent vegetative state and on life support.
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The Design-her Gals' website is sponsoring the Second Annual Gal to Gal Foundation Virtual Walk and fundraiser to benefit Stage IV breast cancer patients and their families during the month of October.
When the proposed models are discussed and debated, strong consideration should be given to the attorney-driven GAL model that we have used for 30 years in Orange County to successfully serve the children of our community.
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Sea Gals at Madison Elementary School April 5 at 10:30 a.
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Rand says that women appreciate an opportunity to talk about their individual needs and Party Gals products in a confidential, relaxed atmosphere.
Party Gals distributors reap rewards of financial independence, higher self-esteem, having fun and the satisfaction of helping other women become more successful.
The third reason GALs might attend mediation is to serve as an agent of reality for the parents.
Even though GALs are charged with attempting to resolve the dispute, their traditional purpose is to assist the court in making a decision about the children if the parents cannot.
Supporters can participate in The Gal to Gal Walk by logging on to http://www.