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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.]
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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]
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(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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[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 classic literature ?
As nobody seemed inclined to respond to this heroic version of "Dilly, Dilly, come and be killed," our late henchman proceeded with his address.
An alliance with so charming and so excellent a young lady would indeed be an honour to the greatest in England." "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." "I hope not, sir," cries Allworthy, "I hope there is not the least constraint." "Why, there," cries Western, "you may bid her unsay all again if you will.
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. He had invited March to dinner some time after the affair he called "The Face in the Target," and the conversation had naturally turned on that mystery and afterward on earlier memories of Fisher's life and the way in which he was led to study such problems as those of Prince Michael.
Dilly Bozadzhieva credits her mother for encouraging and guiding her from the age of five, and finally, in pursuing higher education in fashion design.
INAUGURATION: From left, Bulgarian artist Dilly Bozadzhieva, Ambassador of Bulgaria Metin Kazak and General Manager of Katara Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti at the opening ceremony.
lk, where a percentage of each sale goes towards the upkeep of Prithipura Communities, or if you would prefer to touch and feel the products before purchase, they are also available at Cafe Kumbuk, Cotton Collection, Dilly and Carlo, O:LIVE.couture, Pendi, Selyn, ShirtWorks, Ripe or Urban Island stores
In the latest instalment of its 'Dilly Dilly' campaign, the Bud Light King enters a tavern with his knight sidekick.
The first 30 people receive a coupon for a free Dairy Queen Dilly Bar.
Results: Stewart Poole/Frank Rodenhurst/Joe White and Rob Jarvis 58.8 Dilly Jones/Richard Key/ Harold Hughes and George Hughes 59.4 Nigel Harris/Alan Bottomly/ Andrew Jones and Dave F Jones 60.3 ?
Bud Light, and its Bud Knight, took over the city's postgame celebration, launched special-edition packs (24,000 sold out in a week), combined Philly Philly with its iconic "Dilly Dilly" advertising in skywriting and erected a statue at Lincoln Field commemorating the quarterback's pivotal on-field call.
Dilly Hussainappeared on the showto speak about a situation in Birmingham schools where parents have removed their children because they we're being taught about gay relationships.
2.24 (480m H/c): Geordie Raffa (10), View Blue (9), Sparta McGregor (6), Dilly Dilly (3), Romeo Embargo (2),Guinness Zero (scr).