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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Definitions for dalliance

  1. Frivolous spending of time; dawdling.
  2. Playful flirtation.

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Citations for dalliance
Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven;
Whiles, like a puff’d and reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
And recks not his own rede.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
The acceptance of the role as artistic directors of the company is not a dalliance, she said yesterday. "It is an absolute, firm commitment." Angela Bennie, Sydney Morning Herald
Origin of dalliance
Dalliance comes from Middle English daliaunce, which is probably from Old French or Anglo-French.
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