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dillydally

[ dil-ee-dal-ee, -dal- ]
/ ˈdɪl iˌdæl i, -ˈdæl- /
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verb (used without object), dil·ly·dal·lied, dil·ly·dal·ly·ing.

to waste time, especially by indecision; vacillate; trifle; loiter.

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Origin of dillydally

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

dilly-dally
/ (ˌdɪlɪˈdælɪ) /

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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