Main definitions of polly in English

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polly1

(also pollie)

noun

NZ, Australian
informal
  • A politician.

    • ‘They're just some of our federal pollies who are former political staffers.’
    • ‘For the most part, I have been content to sit back and watch with quiet amusement and a cynical smile as our pollies, democratically elected one and all, have gone about the day to day task of governing our country.’
    • ‘It's bad form for pollies to leak Parliamentary Committee reports.’
    • ‘Oh, and someone asked me why none of my crushes are on left-wing pollies.’
    • ‘Compulsory voting guarantees the pollies a captive market - you don't have to convince the punters to turn up.’
    • ‘Now who's the ALP pollie who can make a speech like that in Australia - and mean it?’
    • ‘Ironic, really, for a pollie whose political career was built on conservative family values.’
    • ‘They seem to listen to the pollies and some sections of the media and don't even bother to go and check out the facts for themselves.’
    • ‘If pollies and retired pollies want to access unlimited airport lounge grog, they can pay for it like anyone else.’
    • ‘They've modelled the forum on a BBC radio show which brings together pollies, experts, and activists for a weekly discussion on big issues with interested voters.’
    • ‘Cohen contrasts that mix of backgrounds with those of the Labor pollies when he was in Parliament back in the early 1970s.’
    • ‘We reproduce what may be the most vicious tirade by a pollie against a journo, delivered by Danby under parliamentary privilege on Tuesday.’
    • ‘The site was one of many sites launched by ALP pollies throughout the year, but this one was most definitely ahead of the rest of the pack.’
    • ‘This, of course, is the same PM many of the same commentators only weeks ago were telling us was one of the smartest pollies to grace our corridors of power.’
    • ‘I assume that nebulous economic term indicates it's some form of slush fund for the pollies to spend at their discretion.’
    • ‘If ever there was a running sore that angered the people, it is pollies ' pensions.’
    • ‘One of the pollies targeted in the effort was One Nation Senator Len Harris, who introduced a private members bill on the issue around a year ago.’
    • ‘It really is a pity that we can't even enjoy the Christmas festivities anymore without the intrusion of proxy wars against pollies wrapped in a culture wars template.’
    • ‘In the run up to the election, I'd like to focus on what citizens are doing rather than on the manoeuvres of the pollies, and am looking for reader profiles of the seats they live in and what citizens are doing to make a difference.’
    • ‘I'd forgotten how much I dislike conferences in general, and the political speeches given by pollies.’

Origin

1960s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

polly

/ˈpɒli/

Main definitions of polly in English

: polly1Polly2

Polly2

noun

mass nounBritish
dated, informal
  • Apollinaris water.

Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

Polly

/ˈpɒli/