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."

Definitions of sally
  1. noun
    a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position
    synonyms: sortie
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    type of:
    action, military action
    a military engagement
  2. noun
    witty remark
    synonyms: crack, quip, wisecrack
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    type of:
    comment, input, remark
    a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
  3. noun
    a venture off the beaten path
    “a sally into the wide world beyond his home”
    synonyms: sallying forth
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    type of:
    any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
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