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n. pl. dil·lies Slang
One that is remarkable or extraordinary, as in size or quality: had a dilly of a fight.

[Obsolete dilly, delightful, shortening and alteration of delightful.]


n, pl -lies
slang chiefly US and Canadian a person or thing that is remarkable
[C20: perhaps from girl's proper name Dilly]


adj, -lier or -liest
slang Austral and NZ silly
[C20: perhaps from silly]


(ˈdɪl i)

n., pl. -lies. Informal.
something or someone regarded as remarkable or unusual.
[1930–35; Amer.; earlier as adj.: wonderful]


[ˈdɪlɪ] N (US) she's a dilly (= girl) → está muy bien
it's a dilly (= problem) → es un rompecabezas
References in classic literature ?
This was the story that Horne Fisher told to Harold March, the journalist, many years after, in a little, but luxurious, restaurant near Picca dilly.
As nobody seemed inclined to respond to this heroic version of "Dilly, Dilly, come and be killed," our late henchman proceeded with his address.
Yes," cries Western, "but if I had suffered her to stand shill I shall I, dilly dally, you might not have had that honour yet a while; I was forced to use a little fatherly authority to bring her to.
The installation was the brainchild of Dilly Arts which specialises in getting prisoners involved in creative projects.
Thomas was party to some of the early railway experiments, including the birth of Puffing Billy and Wylam Dilly, and built some of the first locomotives on the Stockton and Darlington Railway.
Deputy director of nursing Dilly Wilkinson said that setting up the 42-bed Acute Medical Unit in 2013 had created a better flow and discharge rate of patients, while the adjoining Ambulatory Care Unit provided a facility for daycare treatments.
He has been appointed general manager of the Dilmun Club and is already making his presence felt by updating the legendary Dilly Brunch, adding a curry night to the menu of attractions and wowing the women with special 'FAB' sessions.
Orla Keily's exclusive collection is currently on sale, with the ponyskin Orla Dilly platforms reduced from PS130 to just PS65, available in black or ox-blood while stocks last (clarks.
These Dilly platforms in black or oxblood from Orla Kiely's exclusive collection are down from PS130 to PS65 at www.
The Government of China seems to be dilly dallying in the issuing of the $3 billion China Development Bank (CDB) loan to the Mahama government.
Enough is enough, how long will the government keep dilly dallying over this Naxal menace?
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