Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Trolly.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A cart used in mines and on railways. A railway trolly is worked by the hand, which moves a treadle; a coal-mine trolly used to be pushed by trolly-boys; ponies are now generally employed instead of boys. (Welsh, trol, a cart; trolio, to roll or trundle, whence “to troll a catch”—i.e. to sing a catch or round.)   1



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