Green’s Dictionary of Slang

polly n.3


1. an apology.

[UK]Marvel 3 Mar. 6: Get on with that ’polly, and be smart about it [...] Tell the kid you’re sorry you swatted him.

2. (Aus./US, also pollie) a politician, esp. when corrupt.

[US]T.A. Dorgan Indoor Sports 10 July [synd. cartoon] ‘I’m gonna speak a piece. Mr Lewis said so.’ ‘He told me too. I’m gonna talk like a polly’.
[Aus]Morning Bull. (Rockhampton, Qld) 3 Mar. 6/2: We sent wires to every ‘polly’ — / Did you ever hear such folly? / We even sent one to Billy Hughes!
[US]V.F. Nelson Prison Days and Nights 37: If he’s some kind of a big shot politician, or something, I make it my business to get right in solid with him [...] Where do you think I’d be right now, if I didn’t know a pile of pollies and big shots?
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 161/2: Polly. 1. Any political office holder or hanger-on, especially one who accepts bribes or in any way deals with the ‘overworld’ in the interests of the underworld.
[Aus] ‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxviii 10/2: polly: Politician.
[Aus]R.G. Barratt ‘Poofs on Parade’ in What Do You Reckon (1997) [ebook] [F]ellow Call To Australia pollie Marie Bignold.
[Aus]Bug (Aus.) 14 Apr. 🌐 Wazza showed a typical pollie’s shameless gall to take advantage of a part of the media which he had previously shat upon.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read Chopper 4 124: What is this problem that Aussie pollies have with introducing a [...] Bill which states the individual rights of the citizens?
[Aus]P. Temple Truth 59: Stuff like this, the media blowies on you, bloody pollies pestering, the ordinary work goes to hell.
[Aus]T. Spicer Good Girl Stripped Bare 55: Corrupt pollies and police, brown paper bags and illegal casinos.