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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 golly and other black toy were right in your face when you walk in.
The golly was invented by an author for a children's book in the 19th century but has since been roundly condemned as racist.
Between them, Golly and Burton look after 20 units, where the 17 full-time animators could be tasked with anything from re-fleecing one of the flock, laying out teeny tablecloths at model restaurants, or papering the wall of a miniature train station with a poster advertising a restorative cup of Gulpa Coffee - or perhaps a tempting new phone deal from Sir Chat A Lot.
The gollies were axed from Enid Blyton's Noddy stories in the 1980s and Toyland garage owner Mr Golly was replaced in 2004.
In the original stories, the residents of Golly Town included Mr Golly, one of Noddy's best friends who ran the Toyland garage and tended to Noddy's car.
WHEN I was a child, I had a golly. But my own kids didn't because things move on.
Ole Golly sounded terribly proper and enunciated everything quite clearly .
I HAVE always associated gosh and golly with impetuous youth, so it was quite flattering that Peter Curtis should describe me, an octogenarian, as a gosh golly Europhobe (Voice of the North, November 6).
31, 1951, in Astoria to Dale and Myrtle Lewis Golly.
Man, I had to get drunk as a skunk to do that one, but, by golly, I got it done.
Buy Golly! The History of Black Collectables by Clinton Derricks New Cavendish Books September 2005 $35, ISBN 1-872-72728-x
AT pounds 43 this is not a cheap option for anyone looking to boost their skincare regime but by golly it works.
golly!) or cover your ears (as one of my friends insists her young kids do when we adults let loose), you'll no doubt get a kick out of Wajnryb's delightful book.
Me neither but, like all prices that make you say "by golly that was a blinking good price with hindsight", by golly the pre-season 40-1 for David Moyes's team to be relegated looks a blinking good price with hindsight.
Golly, as Gomer Pyle would say, that would make a lot of pumpkin pies, which is my favorite pie.