Alley - a term used by the Parachute regiment for someone who is really switched on and warry in apperance. Don't ask me why

Al"ley (#), n.; pl. Alleys (#). [OE. aley, alley, OF. al'ee, F. all'ee, a going, passage, fr. OE. aler, F. aller, to go; of uncertain origin: cf. Prov. anar, It. andare, Sp. andar.]

1.

A narrow passage; especially a walk or passage in a garden or park, bordered by rows of trees or bushes; a bordered way.

I know each lane and every alley green. Milton.

2.

A narrow passage or way in a city, as distinct from a public street.

Gay.

3.

A passageway between rows of pews in a church.

4. Persp.

Any passage having the entrance represented as wider than the exit, so as to give the appearance of length.

5.

The space between two rows of compositors' stands in a printing office.

 

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Al"ley, n.; pl. Alleys (#). [A contraction of alabaster, of which it was originally made.]

A choice taw or marble.

Dickens.

 

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