to waste time, especially by indecision; vacillate; trifle; loiter.
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How to use dillydally in a sentence
Why dilly-dally with teenage angst when you can bring on the Giant Robots, that was my motto.
"I wouldn't dilly-dally long if I were you," said Harkless, and his advice seemed good to the shell-men.The Gentleman From Indiana | Booth Tarkington
There will be some real shooting here if you dilly-dally any longer.The Pony Rider Boys on the Blue Ridge | Frank Gee Patchin
Some foolish fish always dilly-dally up-stream till the ice shuts them in.The Story of the Trapper | A. C. Laut
Uncle says he's going express hereafter; he says no more dilly-dally voyages for him.Seeing France with Uncle John | Anne Warner
He says it was one o' them plans as dilly-dally is death on.Susan Clegg and Her Neighbors' Affairs | Anne Warner
British Dictionary definitions for dilly-dally
(intr) informal to loiter or vacillate
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