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Used attributive to designate a person or thing resembling, characteristic of, or relating to Ally Sloper, especially in appearance or behaviour. Also (occasionally): a person resembling Ally Sloper.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From Ally Sloper, the name of a character in a series of humorous publications, having a prominent nose and receding forehead and noted for his dishonest or bungling practices.
Ally Sloper/ˌali ˈsləʊpə/
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