palsy-walsy


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palsy-walsy

1. noun A friend. I'm surprised you haven't met Ricky's new palsy-walsy from school yet—they're together all the time.
2. adjective Friendly, but (usually) disingenuous. A: "Why are the popular kids palsy-walsy with us all of a sudden?" B: "They must want something from us."
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palsy-walsy

(ˈpælziˈwælzi)
1. n. a good friend, pal, or buddy. (Also a term of address.) Meet my old palsy-walsy, John. We’ve known each other since we were kids.
2. mod. friendly; overly friendly. (Often with with.) Why is Tom so palsy-walsy with everyone?
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