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dalliance

[dal-ee-uh ns, dal-yuh ns] /ˈdæl i əns, ˈdæl yəns/
noun
1.
a trifling away of time; dawdling.
2.
amorous toying; flirtation.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English daliaunce. See dally, -ance
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  • Then things begin happening fast, as though to make up for the time lost in dalliance.
  • Many grad school students are already in committed relationships and the lure of an overseas dalliance is insignificant.
  • After a brief dalliance with the broken meter, he threw the switch.
  • Even on the eve of his wedding day, he insists on having an extra-curricular dalliance.
  • It is a saga filled with intrigues of the court and her husband's dalliance.
  • Others are more philosophical, reflecting on the lessons of a lifetime's dalliance with history.
  • Suffice it to say it was not due to the dalliance of the defendants.
  • But a twist of fate spoils the lovers' dalliance and thwarts their plan to be rid of the unsuspecting husband.
  • The court said be was ashamed of such dalliance and they wore sent over for thirty days each.
British Dictionary definitions for dalliance

dalliance

/ˈdælɪəns/
noun
1.
waste of time in frivolous action or in dawdling
2.
an archaic word for flirtation
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