alley2 /ˈali / ally

a

I. noun

a toy marble made of marble, alabaster, or glass.
II. phrases

make one’s alley good

(Austral.)
‹informal› exploit a situation or opportunity in order to improve one’s position

he is trying to square them off to make his alley good with supporters.
– origin early 18th cent.: perhaps a diminutive of alabaster.

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