One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a week later the garrison made a sally against us’
charge, sortie, foray, thrust, drive, offensive, attack, raid, assault, descent, blitz, incursion, invasion, onset, inroad, onslaught, rush, onrush
2‘he sent a dutiful report on his fruitless sally into North Wales’
expedition, excursion, trip, outing, jaunt, run, visit, tour, escapade, airing
3‘he looked round, delighted with his sally’
witticism, witty remark, smart remark, quip, barb, pleasantry, epigram, aphorism
joke, pun, jest
retort, riposte, counter, rejoinder, return, retaliation
informal one-liner, gag, wisecrack, crack, funny, comeback
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