- (intr) informal to loiter or vacillate
C17: by reduplication from dally
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Examples from the Web for dilly-dally
Why dilly-dally with teenage angst when you can bring on the Giant Robots, that was my motto.The Great Summer Read Is Here
February 19, 2009
It also means, to trifle, to dilly-dally, to go round about a subject.
Daidle, to dilly-dally, to do a thing in a slow, sluggish manner.
There will be some real shooting here if you dilly-dally any longer.The Pony Rider Boys on the Blue Ridge
Frank Gee Patchin
He sed it was jest this dilly-dally policy that had ruined us.
Spain continued to dilly-dally and evade the question of her responsibility.Cuba
Arthur D. Hall
Word Origin and History for dilly-dally
1741, probably a reduplication of dally. Related: Dilly-dallying.
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