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: an act of dallying: such as
: amorous play
had dalliances with several women before getting married
: frivolous action : trifling
had a brief dalliance with acting
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frolic, frolicking, fun, fun and games, play, recreation, relaxation, rollicking, sport
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14th century, in the meaning defined above
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: an action that is not serious
: a romantic or sexual relationship that is brief and not serious
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