nounbilliesAustralian, New Zealand
A tin or enamel cooking pot with a lid and a wire handle, for use when camping.
- ‘Roger had our fire going and the billy boiling’
- boil the billy
- ‘they boil the billy for a morning cup of tea’
Prepare to make tea, especially as an act of hospitality.
Australian, New Zealand informal
Australian, New Zealand informal
Mid 19th century probably from Scots dialect billy-pot, possibly reinforced by bouilli tin or bully tin, an empty tin that had contained ‘bully beef’ (see bully), used as a cooking utensil.
1short for billy goat‘More mild mannered than full-sized goats, these little billies and nannies have become the latest must-have pets for Christmas.’
- ‘It was a young billy, useless for milking, but pretty.’
- ‘Some of the younger billies were locking horns in mock fights watched over by the full-bearded patriarch of the herd, a venerable old fellow like something out of the Book of Revelations.’
- ‘Some goats were as big as merino rams, with horns that forced even the toughest defenders to step back. ‘They were full-sized billies,’ Carson said.’
- ‘It is tethered to a tree, a rangy, brindled, flop-eared, devil-eyed billy that could have been a regimental mascot.’
- ‘A British Alpine billy, five British Alpine does and two Saanen does have just been safely delivered to their new home in Katima Mulilo.’
- ‘The goat articles were OK in getting one interested in goats, but you did gloss over how difficult it can be to rent or borrow a billy for breeding.’
- ‘‘Hahaha… he reminds me of the billies we used to have in our petting zoo,’ he smiled.’
2(also billy club)North American A truncheon; a cudgel.‘The Gangs of New York ‘sports set’ featuring a billy club, a shiv and a board with a nail driven through it.’
club, bludgeon, stick, truncheon, baton, blackthorn, mace, bat
- ‘I saw a police officer yesterday who had three sets of handcuffs, three loaded Glock magazines, one Glock pistol, radios, telephones, a billy club, sunglasses and heaven knows what he was carrying I couldn't see.’
- ‘Another work of the same year, The Policeman, is a vertical box 14 inches tall that narrows from its open front to its open back, the sides and top perforated with ‘fingers,’ knobs and, seemingly, a billy club.’
- ‘Outside the courtroom, he summons his powers to gather evidence on behalf of his clients, occasionally ‘encouraging’ (a billy club helps) reluctant witnesses to testify.’
- ‘In the wake of James Meredith's plan to integrate the University of Mississippi, and the expectation of ensuing violence, one was brandishing a billy club, while the others looked on seemingly anticipating putting it to use.’
- ‘I tilted my head in question, but an officer walked forward with a billy club and said roughly and a bit shakily, ‘Now, young man.’’
- ‘A lot of them had reputations for being inhabited mainly by prostitutes and drug dealers, although Hayes says he refused to permit that at the Atlantic Shores, enforcing his will with a billy club he kept behind the counter.’
- ‘Someone really should have cut every scene of Affleck jogging in the red costume, pumping his arms with his billy club in one hand and looking for all the world like a deranged relay runner.’
- ‘It was de jure segregation; sanctioned by the law and backed by the billy club.’
- ‘Just then a guard came down the hall, beating his billy club along the bars of the cells, and yelling for everyone to shut up.’
- ‘We mount and finish the last leg out, every small climb reminding me my muscles feel like they were beat with a billy club.’
- ‘The truth is that there are governing bodies in charge of enforcing wine laws, but they don't wear tall blue hats and bat you on the head with a billy club for drinking the wrong wine.’
Mid 19th century from Billy, pet form of the given name William.