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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: by, 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, by, 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, by, gosh, guess

Good golly, Miss Molly!

An exclamation of surprise. Popularized by Little Richard's 1958 song of the same name. Good golly, Miss Molly—you scared me!
See also: good, miss

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, by, 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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The pounds 3.99 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.
The gollies are priced at pounds 3.99 for small and pounds 9.99 for large.
Some shops have window displays of dolls, teddies, gollies and many other toys of all creeds and nationalities playing happily together, to the delight of many children and adults.
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.
His Grandmamma will stay on the throne despite apparently selling gollies in her shop at Sandringham.
I would like to come to a Liverpool shop and buy some of the black dolls and gollies.
Their shop has a separate room for the display for Gollies - Golly items, a Disney character collection, many Victorian bisque dolls, rare cloth and rag dolls, many very early teddy bears and an original Brumas Bear with Ivy - worth a look for both specialist enthusiasts and would-be, amateur collectors alike.
IN reply to the article in the Daily Post April 6th "Gollies not so jolly", I am amazed at the mentality of these people who complain about these "Golliwog" toys.
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.
The "Jolly Gollies" collection on sale at the Watt Bros store in Lanark includes a mug, a photo frame and a glitter snowglobe.
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
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.