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dally

  

      vb   , -lies, -lying, -lied   intr  
1    to waste time idly; dawdle  
2    usually foll by: with   to deal frivolously or lightly with; trifle; toy  
to dally with someone's affections     
     (C14: from Anglo-French dalier to gossip, of uncertain origin)  
  dallier      n  


dilly-dally  
      vb   , -lies, -lying, -lied   intr  
Informal   to loiter or vacillate  
     (C17: by reduplication from dally)  
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dally

  
1    dawdle, delay, dilly-dally     (informal)   drag one's feet or heels, fool (about or around), fritter away, hang about, linger, loiter, procrastinate, tarry, waste time, while away  
2      (often with)       with   caress, flirt, fondle, fool (about or around), frivol     (informal)   lead on, play, play fast and loose     (informal)   tamper, tease, toy, trifle  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    hasten, hurry (up), make haste, push forward or on, run, step on it     (informal)  


dilly-dally     
dally, dawdle, delay, dither     (chiefly Brit.)   falter, fluctuate, hesitate, hover, hum and haw, linger, loiter, potter, procrastinate, shillyshally     (informal)   trifle, vacillate, waver  

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