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dillydally

[ dil-ee-dal-ee, -dal- ]
/ 藞d瑟l i藢d忙l i, -藞d忙l- /
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verb (used without object), dil路ly路dal路lied, dil路ly路dal路ly路ing.
to waste time, especially by indecision; vacillate; trifle; loiter.
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Origin of dillydally

First recorded in 1735鈥45; gradational reduplication of dally
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British Dictionary definitions for dillydally

dilly-dally
/ (藢d瑟l瑟藞d忙l瑟) /

verb -lies, -lying or -lied
(intr) informal to loiter or vacillate

Word Origin for dilly-dally

C17: by reduplication from dally
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