sally

A sally is a military action, a sudden charge in the direction of the enemy. A sally sometimes has the advantage of taking the opposing army by surprise.

When soldiers who have been on the defensive, having retreated to a foxhole or fort, make an abrupt offensive attack on their opponents, it's a sally. Another word for this kind of sally is a sortie. You can also call a sudden funny remark or comeback a sally, especially during a witty, back-and-forth, or bantering kind of conversation. The word comes from the Middle French saillie, "a rushing forth," from the Latin salire, "to leap."

Primary Meanings of sally

1.
n
a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position
2.
n
witty remark
3.
n
a venture off the beaten path
Full Definitions of sally
1

n a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position

Synonyms:
sortie
Type of:
action, military action
a military engagement
2

n witty remark

Synonyms:
crack, quip, wisecrack
Type of:
comment, input, remark
a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
3

n a venture off the beaten path

“a sally into the wide world beyond his home”
Synonyms:
sallying forth
Type of:
venture
any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome

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