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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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British Dictionary definitions for dalliances

dalliance

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