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dil·ly

 (dĭl′ē)
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.]
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dilly

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

dilly

(ˈdɪlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
slang Austral and NZ silly
[C20: perhaps from silly]
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dil•ly

(ˈdɪl i)

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

dilly

[ˈdɪlɪ] N (US) she's a dilly (= girl) → está muy bien
it's a dilly (= problem) → es un rompecabezas
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References in periodicals archive ?
Hook, line and dillybag: an interpretation of an Australian coastal shell midden.
He hooks the crab, breaks off its claw and puts it in his dilly bag, then catches more crabs, puts the claws in his dillybag and climbs up out of the mangrove swamp.