After showing promise, she was plucked out and sent to Bletchley to work in the research unit run by dilly Knox.
dilly had brought the cat and Judy never objected to being held.
dilly got briskly up and gathered a drawer-full of papers into her apron.
Dicky's health was drunk with cheers and laughter, and dilly completed its subject's confusion by kissing him.
"Maybe," said dilly, nodding and tying her last bundle of papers.
dilly got up, and, still holding her papers in her apron, walked swiftly to the window.
And again, in spite of the Joyces, dilly felt homesick and alone.
dilly and her mother talked a great deal about the return of the husband and father.
It seemed to dilly that she could not make haste enough to be there.
Judy went round to the back of dilly's chair and washed over both ears in a very indignant manner.
"delightful or excellent person or thing" (often used ironically), 1935, American English, from an earlier adjective (1909), perhaps from the first syllable of delightful or delicious, or related to the nursery word for "duck." Dilly was also slang for a stagecoach (1818), from French carrosse de diligence (see diligence).