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, cooly
1. a cheaply hired unskilled Oriental labourer
2. Derogatory an Indian living in South Africa



a term used to designate low-paid, unskilled workers (including porters, stevedores, manual laborers, rickshaw-boys, and day laborers) in China (prior to 1949), India, and other countries of eastern and southeastern Asia. The name was also used for unskilled workers who signed contracts to work in America, South Africa, and Australia. The workers included Chinese, Indians, Malays, and Negroes, who performed the hardest jobs on plantations and in mines. The institution of contracted coolies arose during the 1830’s and 1840’s, after the abolition of slavery in the British, Dutch, and French colonies, and it grew considerably during the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th.

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Formula One Grand Prix draw: 1 Postman Bay 2 Cambushmore 3 Cooly Colebe 4 Knockglass Billy 5 Milldean Panther 6 Fleetwood Root (m).
Red may have a more powerful psychological effect than green, acknowledges Cooly, who has heard that argument from proponents of the red technology.
In the House chamber, Republicans yelped and hollered, and Democrats applauded cooly.
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Just shy of the hour mark John Rock's precise header from a John Lester cross trimmed the deficit but minutes later Quigley cooly converted a penalty after an Austin O'Neill foul on Karl Sheppard.
Other Grand Prix entries include Mines A Pint, Cambushmore, Knockglass Billy, Cooly Colebe and Castlelyons Ralf, but the list will not be finalised until this morning.
The forward has scored in successive away games now, cooly rounding the goalkeeper to notch at Bolton yesterday.
Marske piled on the pressure after the break and finally got the breakthrough they deserved as J Collins passed to H Barnard who cooly slotted the ball home.
City on Saturday, were trailing from the 27th minuter after Tim Hicks cooly slotted from the spot.
And it was Blatchford who eventually killed off the game after just 32 minutes when he cooly fired hom having been released down the right wing.
And early in the second-half, Barnet doubled their lead when Adam Gross cooly slotted the ball home from 12 yards out, after good work from Paul Warhurst.
Cuddle Bug the cat, who had been hanging on for his life, cooly climbed back down into her car