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[lol-ee-gag] /ˈlɒl iˌgæg/
verb (used without object), lollygagged, lollygagging.
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  • The nonbinding nature of the mandate has produced what might best be described as lollygagging on energy efficiency.
British Dictionary definitions for lollygagging


verb -gags, -gagging, -gagged
(intransitive) a variant of lallygag
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Word Origin and History for lollygagging



"dawdle, dally," 1862, lallygag, American English, perhaps from dialectal lolly "tongue" + gag "deceive, trick." Related: Lollygagged; lollygagging.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lollygagging


  1. To idle about; goof off: He has the summer free for play, swimming, berry picking, and general lallygagging/ when my nephew and his companion lollygagged back to my house (1862+)
  2. To kiss and caress; dally; make out, neck, trade spit (1868+)

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