Billies



a male given name, form of William.
a female given name.
Also called billy club. a police officer’s club or baton.
a heavy wooden stick used as a weapon; cudgel.
Scot. Dialect, comrade.
Also called billycan
[bil-ee-kan] /ˈbɪl iˌkæn/ (Show IPA). Australian. any container in which water may be carried and boiled over a campfire, ranging from a makeshift tin can to a special earthenware kettle; any pot or kettle in which tea is boiled over a campfire.
Textiles. (in Great Britain) a roving machine.
Historical Examples

On the Track Henry Lawson
The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
Bambi Marjorie Benton Cooke
In Quest of Gold Alfred St. Johnston
The Broncho Rider Boys Along the Border Frank Fowler
Joe Wilson and His Mates Henry Lawson
The Motor Maids’ School Days Katherine Stokes
The Broncho Rider Boys with the Texas Rangers Frank Fowler
The Motor Maids’ School Days Katherine Stokes
The Broncho Rider Boys with the Texas Rangers Frank Fowler

noun (pl) -lies
(US & Canadian) a wooden club esp a police officer’s truncheon
noun (pl) -lies, -lycans
a metal can or pot for boiling water, etc, over a campfire
(Austral & NZ) (as modifier): billy-tea
(Austral & NZ, informal) to make tea
n.

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