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Related to dilly-dallying: intermingled, detract from, overseeing, protruded


intr.v. dil·ly-dal·lied, dil·ly-dal·lying, dil·ly-dal·lies
To waste time, especially in indecision; dawdle or vacillate.

[Reduplication of dally.]

dil′ly-dal′li·er n.


1. wasting time by being indecisive
2. archaic loitering; dawdling


[ˈdɪlɪdælɪɪŋ] N
1. (= loitering) → pérdida f de tiempo
2. (= hesitation) → vacilación f, titubeo m
References in classic literature ?
For not dilly-dallying and not hanging to a woman's apron strings.
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After dilly-dallying for more than one hour and when our MLAs said that they would sit on dharna, they allowed me and Bharathi to see him.
Through his constitutional petition, the petitioner Shahid Orakzai has told SC that the chief justice PHC is dilly-dallying persistently on the matter of prisoners escape from Bannu Jail in a jail break incident in collusion with jail administration instead of meeting the constitutional formalities.
Greece is deadlocked with its creditors over the austerity measures that were part of the conditions for its financial bailout, Spain is dilly-dallying about asking for aid from the ESM because of domestic political pressures and Germany is still resisting efforts to rescue troubled Eurozone banks.
The dilly-dallying by Spain with regard to accepting a financial bailout from eurozone nations has led to a fall in the markets.
The fact is that the ball is now in the court of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood since they have been deliberately dilly-dallying to see in what direction the election winds will blow.
Too much dilly-dallying cost Beck in another promising position, then the Silkmen almost paid for their profligacy in the 84th minute when Graham Evans' header looked a goal all the way but Adam McGee pulled off a fantastic save to secure a deserved away success.