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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

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 was invented by an author for a children's book in the 19th century but has since been roundly condemned as racist.
The decision was taken to remove the Golly after research found children were not familiar with the character, although it still appealed to the older generations, Ms Knox said.
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.
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.
Golly, that really was nearly 20 years ago, wasn't it?
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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.
Because of her friends and the lack of income from her Good Golly Miss Wollies greeting card artistry, Wollstonecraft "Wollie" Shelley is a contestant on the new reality TV show Biological Clock.
I related how that pastor told his congregation that if speaking the truth means going to jail, 'then by golly, that's where I'm going to be and I'm going to save you a seat next to me.
Golly gee, here's a pill that is just as good for achieving weight loss as healthy eating and regular exercise .
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