General English


  • noun a simple catch; a dolly


  • noun money. A well-established, light-hearted word which was popular in the 1950s and 1960s and enjoyed a revival, significantly, in the ‘Thatcher years’ (the mid- and late 1980s), when many obsolescent euphemisms for money had received a new lease of life. It is said to originate in the Romany word loli, meaning red, used by gypsies to mean copper coins, and hence money in general. It is perhaps easier to derive the word from lolly, meaning sweet or candy, which itself originated in dialect with the meaning of tongue. (The sense of lollipop is later.).