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by guess or by golly

By any means; without careful planning; relying on guesswork and luck. We don't have much to work with, but by guess or by golly, we're going to figure out a way to save our business! He just throws his essays together by guess or by golly, but he still manages to get good grades on them.
See also: golly, guess

by guess and by golly

By any means; without careful planning; relying on guesswork and luck. We don't have much to work with, but by guess and by golly, we're going to figure out a way to save our business! He just throws his essays together by guess and by golly, but he still manages to get good grades on them.
See also: and, golly, guess

by guess and by gosh

Without careful planning; relying on guesswork and luck. He just throws his essays together by guess and by gosh, but he still manages to get good grades on them.
See also: and, gosh, guess

by guess and by gosh

 and by guess and by golly
Rur. by estimating; without careful planning. Jane: Did you have a plan for putting up that toolshed? Tom: Nope, we just sort of did it by guess and by gosh. Grandma always made dresses by guess and by golly, without using a pattern, and they always turned out just fine.
See also: and, gosh, guess

Good golly. Miss Molly!

Inf. Good grief!; Wow! Good golly, Miss Molly! This place is a mess! Good golly, Miss Molly, that's awful!
See also: good, miss

Good golly, Miss Molly!

exclam. Good grief!; Wow! Good golly, Miss Molly! This place is a mess!
See also: good, miss
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They are lovely and it is just "do gooders" who consider that using these gollies makes people out to be racist when this is not the case.
99 gollies sport pinstripe trousers, a white waistcoat and red jacket and are supplied by Richard Lang & Son of Durham.
We do sell a lot of gollies anyway, but this week in particular some people were worried that they might be taken off the shelves, so we sold more," she said.
It's not against the law, but I believe that gollies are something that belong to a different era.
I would like to come to a Liverpool shop and buy some of the black dolls and gollies.
I would think, especially in London, where there are hundreds of different colours/beliefs, - that Gollies would help these children to realise they are NO different from their "white" skinned playmates.
Stuart Redfern, of Worcester, has designed a new range of the controversial toys, which will also include gay, chav, convict and World Cup gollies.
He caused controversy when he went to bed with Big Ears and was beaten up by the Gollies.
With production suspended because of the wartime shortage of metal, the post war Golly revival, however, was incredible and in the 1950s and 1960s, just about every badge maker in Birmingham was struggling to produce an ever-increasing avalanche of Robertsons gollies.
WONDERFUL article regarding the gollies on sale in Wizzard (ECHO, Oct 6).
One of the Betws y Coed Gollies which brought a complaint from visitor Doris Henderson, featured in Friday's Daily Post
I READ Veron Graham's article relating to the sale of gollies with interest.
At one time practically every badge maker in the Hockley Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham was busy producing the Gollies as fast as they could.
Officials at the International Slavery Museum, also based at Albert Dock, described gollies as "shocking" and called for them to be removed from sale.
But it is fair to say the issue of gollies is highly emotive.