Thursday, February 12, 2009


OED says: A familiar term for the diligence or public stage-coach of former days. Obs.

1798 J. W. FRERE Loves of the Triangles (Anti-Jacobin) 179 So down thy hill, romantic Ashbourn, glides The Derby dilly, carrying Three Insides.

[Frere’s middle name, as far as I know, is Hookham. No idea what the W. stands for.]

OED also says, for diligence: A public stage-coach. (Now used only in reference to France or other continental countries.)

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