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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: dalier

dally

verb
     
dal‧ly past tense and past participle dallied, present participle dallying, third person singular dallies [intransitive]
to waste time, or do something very slowly:
Don't dally along the way! We haven't got much time.

dally with somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 to do something or think about something, but not in a very serious way:
They've dallied with the idea of touring round the world.
2 old-fashioned to have a romantic relationship with someone, but not in a serious way

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