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dalliance

[ dal-ee-uhns, dal-yuhns ]
/ ˈdæl i əns, ˈdæl yəns /
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noun
a trifling away of time; dawdling.
amorous toying; flirtation.
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Origin of dalliance

First recorded in 1300–50, dalliance is from the Middle English word daliaunce.See dally, -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for dalliance

dalliance
/ (ˈdælɪəns) /

noun
waste of time in frivolous action or in dawdling
an archaic word for flirtation
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