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dilly-dally

/ˌdɪlɪˈdælɪ/
verb -lies, -lying, -lied
1.
(intransitive) (informal) to loiter or vacillate
Word Origin
C17: by reduplication from dally
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v.

1741, probably a reduplication of dally. Related: Dilly-dallying.

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dilly-dally

verb

To idle; dither in an aimless or pointless fashion: Folks who dilly-dally with dessert (1741+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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