1. a mistress, a prostitute who lives with a man.
|‘The Bilk’ in Randy Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) I 208: The tailor was quite overjoyed that he had got a polly, / He took her up an alley, quite safe from all annoyment, / And, promising to pay her well, he had his full enjoyment.|
|More Gal’s Gossip 1: Only the most impulchritudinous pollies and mediaeval tabbies still cling to the powder-puff.|
2. a woman.
|Paul Pry 15 Jan. n.p.: R—d F—lf—d, alias [...] alias the Clare market ‘Adonis’ [...] not to be seen so frequently ‘doing a drain’ with the ‘Pollys’ in Fleet street.|
|Dead Men’s Shoes II 251: I’m glad it isn’t any other kind of Polly you tremble for, Dick.|
|More Gal’s Gossip 85: Charlie said might as well rejoin the pollies on the coach.|