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Use "billies" in a sentence
"Particularly useful are the buckets and "billies" (i.e. cylindrical cans) made of this material."
"They had built a fence of barbed wire about the pit-mouth and its approaches, and behind this wire they walked -- hard-looking citizens with policemen's "billies," and the bulge of revolvers plainly visible on their hips."
"The contents of the "billies" covered a fairly wide range of articles, and an inventory made of one gave the following result: --"