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al·ley1 / ˈalē/ • n. (pl. -leys) a narrow passageway between or behind buildings. ∎  a path lined with trees, bushes, or stones. ∎  a long, narrow area in which games such as bowling are played. ∎  Tennis either of the two areas of the court between the doubles sideline and the singles or service sideline. ∎  Baseball the area between the outfielders in left center or right center field. PHRASES: up one's alley (or right up one's alley) inf. well suited to one's tastes, interests, or abilities. al·ley2 (also al·ly) • n. (pl. -leys) a toy marble made of marble, alabaster, or glass.

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alleyAli, alley, Allie, Ally, bally, dally, dilly-dally, farfalle, galley, Halley, mallee, Mexicali, pally, Raleigh, rally, reveille, sally, tally, valley •Chablis • brambly •badly, Bradley, Hadlee, madly, sadly •scraggly •dangly, gangly •crackly • Shankly • Bramley •Manley, manly, Osmanli, Stanley •slatternly •Langley, tangly •amply • Ashley •Attlee, fatly, patly •aptly • shilly-shally •Bali, barley, Cali, Carly, Charlie, Dali, Diwali, finale, gnarly, Gurkhali, Kali, Kigali, Mali, Marley, marly, Pali, parley, snarly, Somali, Svengali, tamale •Barclay, Berkeley, clerkly, sparkly •Darnley • ghastly • Hartley • Barnsley •blackguardly

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1. Allée, or long straight garden-walk, usually with trees on each side.

2. Walk in a garden bordered with trees, shrubs, or bushes, or in a maze.

3. Long, narrow area for open-air games.

4. Aisle.

5. Pedestrian passage between houses or walls.

6. Passage between rows of seats, as in a church.

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alley2, ally toy marble. XVIII. Familiar dim. (see -Y6) of ALABASTER. Cf. the similar use of LG., Du. albast.

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alley1 walk, passage. XIV. — OF. alee (mod. allée), f. aller walk, go :- L. ambulāre walk.

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