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English definition of “nelly”


noun     /ˈnel.i/ UK old-fashioned humorous
not on your nelly there is no possibility of that: " Perhaps you could take Simon to the party ." "Not on your nelly!"Yes, no and not
(Definition of nelly noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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