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  • A frank, sincere, well-meaning man, with a lawyer's habit of mind, good clear statement of his facts; correct enough, not vulgar, as described, but with a sort of boyish cheerfulness, or that kind of sincerity and jolly good meaning that our class-meetings on Commencement Days show, in telling our old stories over.

    The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln

  • "But just now we must all have a jolly good time at Ozma's party," said the old gentleman, turning to put his presents on the table with the others already there.

    Love Letters

  • "Doctor Folliott and Mr McQuedy are jolly good fun!" squeaks he, and waddled out as fast as he could go.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • We were all a little tired before we found the hay-loft, but we pulled ourselves together to make a fort with the trusses of hay – great square things – and we were having a jolly good time, all of us, when suddenly a trap-door opened and a head bobbed up with a straw in its mouth.

    The Wouldbegoods

  • “Well, we’ll have a jolly good try,” said Breardon, who was red-haired and very resentful of newspaper comment on the methods of the police.

    Death at the Opera

  • Oh, I say!” — she appeared startled, as though the thought had presented itself to her for the first time — “what a jolly good thing I didn’t accept Mrs. Boyle’s invitation!

    Death at the Opera

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