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get (one's) jollies

To seek out, indulge in, or enjoy something fun or pleasurable. The term usually hints at a certain degree of perverse satisfaction. Primarily heard in UK. The restless teenagers got their jollies by throwing rocks at passing cars.
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jolly (someone) along

To encourage someone (to do something), especially in a positive, cheerful manner. I was getting disheartened writing my first novel, but my husband jollied me along to finish it.
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jolly (someone) into (doing) (something)

To persuade or encourage someone to do something, especially in a positive, cheerful manner. I was getting disheartened writing my first novel, but my husband jollied me into finishing it. I'd been feeling pretty low after my breakup with Tina, so I'm glad my friends jollied me into a weekend away in Los Vegas.
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jolly (someone) up

To make (someone) happier or more cheerful; to cheer (someone) up. My mom tried jollying us up by taking us out for pizza after our team lost the championship. After his divorce, we all thought Ted could do with some jollying up.
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be jolly hockey sticks

To act or speak in an enthusiastic but disingenuous or irritating way, especially when one is of a high social class. Lady Cartwright is always jolly hockey sticks, so I don't trust a word she says. I don't have the patience to be around people who are jolly hockey sticks all the time.
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jolly ˈgood!

(old-fashioned, British English, spoken) used to show that you approve of something that somebody has just said: So you and Alan are going away for the weekend, are you? Jolly good.
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ˈjolly well

(old-fashioned, British English) used to emphasize a statement when you are annoyed about something: If you don’t come now, you can jolly well walk home!
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n. a charge or thrill; a sexual thrill; kick. He got his jollies from skin flicks.
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mod. alcohol intoxicated; tipsy. Kelly was a little too jolly, and her sister told her to slow down.


mod. certainly. You jolly-well better be there on time.
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And when it comes to jolliness, we certainly give Santa his due.
The short-lived jolliness of the opening - Christmas in the royal court - gives way to Leontes' grip of paranoia, as he locks up his wife and abandons his new-born, then news of death ups the chill factor in darkening scenes of a remorseful king - and Hicks' face captures every flicker of his battling emotions - on a bleak stage strewn with the scattered pages of those library books.
Anyone expecting the kind of oom-pah-pah, cor-blimey jolliness of Oliver
There are atmospheres I prefer at other racecourses but there is lots of eagerness and jolliness and people enjoying themselves, and a sense of occasion.
Situated on a headland above Abersoch, Porth Tocyn combines the jolliness of the bucket and spade experience with the old fashioned standards of food and service.
Nick's midsection, would hardly win him fans for jolliness.
But how much of the jolliness came from respec' for the woman herself ?
CAROLINE Quentin's DCI Janine Lewis doesn't sail through life with half the dignity and jolliness of her other onscreen working mum Maggie in Life Begins.
Last Saturday, we set off, full of weekend jolliness, like two amnesia patients, in a truly awe-inspiring triumph of hope over experience.
Jolliness used to be the clincher with the gong going to the number with the brightest, most thumpetythump beat, or the most irritatingly catchy chorus.