1. (orig. Aus.) gelignite.
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl. 11: can o’ jelly – a container of nitro or gelatine explosive.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 83: Gelignite is [...] no use on a safe which is concreted into a stone floor. Jelly only blow a hole in the safe then.|
|Crust on its Uppers 57: Send him out with a pound of jelly, dets, or a dodgy twirl and then grass him.|
|Concrete Kimono 173: Geli’ might be too noisy.|
|Inside the Und. 87: Jelly mostly comes from Scottish mines.|
|Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 22: The gelly disappears an’ the next night the Prods blow the Hiberian hall.|
|Fish Factory 26: How much geli’ did you put in that last charge?|
|Black Billy Tea 45: When you have got to build a railway through the hills! / It takes an awful lot of ‘jelly’, shovels and picks.|
|Tax Inspector (1992) 56: She waved the gelly at him: ‘You grab me and you’re minced meat’.|
|Chopper From The Inside 35: I’ll take him fishing, a stick of ‘gellie’ in the river and bang, we’ll be knee deep in trout.|
|Sydney Morn. Herald Good Weekend 24 Nov. 31/3: ‘I was so f...ing mad I was going to put a stick of gelly [...] under his shit-can and blow the c..t up’.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 85: gelly/jelly Gelignite, early C20 here and later elsewhere.|
|Raiders 138: You just pack the [safe] door with ‘gelly’, stand well back, and boom! there’s the money.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Und. Nights 191: He had somehow managed to exchange the gelly sticks for Edinburgh rock.|
|Beast that Shouted Love (1976) 180: It [a film] was mostly gut-spilling [...] with napalm throwers, jellyburning a Chink town.‘A Boy and his Dog’ in|
|On the Yankee Station (1982) 131: There just ain’t nothing to beat this jelly, man. It’s gonna win us the woah.‘On the Yankee Station’ in|
a robber who specializes in gelignite to open safes.
|Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 113: Limehouse Louie was a pal of mine and a top-flight jelly baby.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 615: since late 1940s.|