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    knock galley-west

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Einstein shattered a whole cosmology of opinions. Let us not be knocked galley-west again.

    knock galley-west = flurry, perplex, give someone a jolt

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: knock galley-west

    The online Merriam-Webster gives 'knocked into destruction or confusion'. I had to look it up, because I had never heard the expression before. It does not appear in my COD, though it is in the OED and Webster's Third.

    Vil, I believe you mentioned once that you taught or are teaching yourself English. If that is so, I have some advice. Some of the expressions you ask about are pretty uncommon, and some are old-fashioned. If you really want to improve your English, and not sound like some ancient foreign academic, you might do better to read modern novels and magazines, and concentrate on overall constructions rather than on obscure expressions.

    Just a thought.

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    Re: knock galley-west

    knock galley-west :To incapacitate, to put someone out of action; to give such a severe blow as to cause unconsciousness; to knock for a loop, to throw off balance, to disorient or confuse. Galley-west is an alteration of the British dialectal colly-west ‘awry, askew.’ This colloquial Americanism dates from the latter part of the 19th century. The phrase is not limited in application to physical combat; it can also apply to mental or emotional disorientation resulting from the debunking of one’s ideas, arguments, or beliefs.

    Your verdict has knocked what little [critical penetration] I did have galley-west! (Mark Twain, Letters, 1875)

    combat - definition of combat by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    NB : to fivejedjon

    What is COD and OED ?

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    Re: knock galley-west

    COD - Concise Oxford Dictionary
    OED - Oxford English Dictionary (The big one!)

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    Re: knock galley-west

    Dear fivejedjon,

    So, Is ''knock galley-west '' old fashioned ( or ancient ) phrase ?

    It dates back to late 19th century

    Many thanks

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    Re: knock galley-west

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Is ''knock galley-west '' old fashioned ( or ancient ) phrase ?
    Just very uncommon - in BrE at least. I can't speak for AmE.

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