Cars & Driving

  • noun a metalworking tool, available in a variety of shapes and sizes, comprising a curved polished block of cast iron or forged steel, used to assist in forming three-dimensional shapes and in straightening dented panels, usually by holding the dolly behind the metal to be shaped and hammering the metal
  • noun a trolley that supports the front wheels when a disabled vehicle is being towed


  • One of a variety of small, wheeled devices used to move heavy loads.
  • A block of wood placed on the upper end of a pile to cushion the blow of a hammer.
  • A steel bar with a shaped head to back up a rivet while the rivet is being driven.


  • noun a ball, struck (or mis-hit) by the batsman, that comes slowly to a fielder, usually with a high trajectory, presenting him with a simple catch
    Citation ‘Wells received a “dolly” catch and bowl off the splice’ (Daily Chronicle 17 August 1904)
  • noun a slow high underarm ball; a donkey drop
    Citation ‘But he might give Mr. Champain an over or two of his ‘dollies’’ (Neville Cardus Close of Play 1956)
  • verb to hit the ball so as to present a fielder with a simple catch
    Citation ‘He picked the wrong ball from Pocock for a pull and dollied it to mid-on’ (D. J. Rutnagar, Daily Telegraph 1 June 1984)
  • verb (of the ball) to come off the bat straight to a fielder
    Citation ‘Colin [Cowdrey] played at it and got an edge, the ball dollying to Andy Corran at first slip’ (Bomber Wells, Cricketer December 1982)


  • An industrial platform provided with wheels or another form of movement, utilized to transport and position electronic equipment such as TV cameras.

Media Studies

  • noun a mobile apparatus for mounting a camera, allowing it to be easily moved


  • noun a device on wheels, e.g. a mobile microphone


  • adjective excellent, attractive, cute. A vogue word of the mid-1960s, enshrined in the title of adam Diment’s fashionable novel The Dolly Dolly Spy. The word passed from camp theatrical and homosexual use to general currency for a year or so. It survives in middle-class speech as an ironic or scathing synonym for ‘twee’.