dillydally


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dil•ly•dal•ly

(ˈdɪl iˌdæl i, -ˈdæl-)

v.i. -lied, -ly•ing.
to waste time, esp. by indecision.
[1735–45; gradational reduplication of dally]
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Verb1.dillydally - postpone doing what one should be doing; "He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days"
delay - act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
procrastinate - postpone or delay needlessly; "He procrastinated the matter until it was almost too late"
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References in periodicals archive ?
WAZIRABAD -- Doctors, paramedics and security guards of the Wazirabad Institute of Cardiology (WIC) observed an hour-long token strike against the Wazirabad Saddr Police over its dillydally and lack of interest to arrest a constable and his accomplices.
In a joint statement, BFUJ President Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul and its Secretary General Omar Faruq, and DUJ President Abu Zafar Surja and its General Secretary Sohel Haider Chowdhury condemned the dillydally of the Newspapers Owners' Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) in implementing the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in this regard.
Other examples include dillydally, hoity-toity, mishmash, palsy-walsy and razzle-dazzle.