dilly-dallying


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dil·ly-dal·ly

 (dĭl′ē-dăl′ē)
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.

dilly-dallying

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

dilly-dallying

[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.
PFMA provincial chapter chairman Liaquat Ali Khan told Dawn on Monday that the millers were forced to issue the threat as the previous notification ensuring provision of wheat to the mills at Rs1,275 per 40kg, including gunny bags, had expired and the department was dilly-dallying on the issue.
Pakistan had to accelerate efforts to go for indigenous option after dilly-dallying by the United States in honouring its commitment to supply spare parts for the PAF's F-16 fleet.
He alleged that the police have been dilly-dallying in arresting the perpetrators despite them having their particulars.
Earlier in the day, taking a strong exception to the government's dilly-dallying to present the much-awaited Fata reforms bill, the Opposition staged walkout from the National Assembly.
Meanwhile, Taking a strong exception to the government's dilly-dallying to present the much-awaited Fata reforms bill, the Opposition on Tuesday staged walkout from the National Assembly.
Khursheed Shah says PPP ready to reach out to JUI-F to discuss the billISLAMABAD: Taking a strong exception to the government's dilly-dallying to present the much-awaited FATA reforms bill, the Opposition on Tuesday staged a walkout from the National Assembly.
A pattern ignored when she was coasting towards victory became pertinent again: the change of mind on Brexit, the Budget U-turn on NI contributions and dilly-dallying on the election all point to a leader who winces at the sound of gunfire.
There has been far too much dilly-dallying at the UN.
Some looking at the agenda for the most recent dialogue session would be content, but thanks to certain politicians' dilly-dallying the progress has been nil.
PPP Chairman said that his Party along with all the democratic forces of Pakistan have condemned the outrageous remarks of Narendra Modi and asked him to allow the right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir under UN aegis instead of dilly-dallying and prolonging the issue.
Considering that time is of the essence and there is great danger or risk that those involved would try to obstruct their investigation or prosecution, being in power, not to mention the need to put a stop to the interminable dilly-dallying and unwarranted excuses or dereliction of functions and duties of the concerned prosecutorial organs of the government, there is an imperious need for the Honorable Court to issue a writ of preliminary mandatory injunction directing them to act accordingly," petitioners said.