One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of the eyes) unfocused or rolling.‘her eyes were googly for a second, but when they focused she started swinging’
Early 20th century: possibly related to goggle.
A ball bowled with a deceptive action.
- ‘I bowl chinamen and googlies which is a bit odd but it seems to come naturally.’
- ‘Indeed, he could bowl the googly at about slow-medium pace and where, in exceptional conditions, the pitch dictated it, he could be a fine slow bowler.’
- ‘Reports that he can no longer bowl the googly are wide of the mark: Graham Thorpe says Warne bowled him two on Wednesday in the County Championship match at the Rose Bowl.’
- ‘He used to bowl two googlies, one from the top and one that he used to bowl from shoulder height.’
- ‘This is by no means uncommon to spinners who bowl googlies with a high arm action as it puts considerable strain on the shoulder.’
Early 20th century: of unknown origin.
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