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1 to engage in activity for amusement
  • he spent his college years dallying, seemingly determined to acquire as little knowledge as possible

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3 to show a sexual attraction for someone just for fun
  • she spent the summer dallying with a guy renting the neighboring beach house

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4 to spend time doing nothing
  • I kept dallying at my desk until I couldn't put off doing my work any longer

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trifle, toy, dally, flirt, coquet mean to deal with or act toward without serious purpose. trifle may imply playfulness, unconcern, indulgent contempt. to trifle with a lover's feelings toy implies acting without full attention or serious exertion of one's powers. a political novice toying with great issues dally suggests indulging in thoughts or plans merely as an amusement. dallying with the idea of building a boat someday flirt implies an interest or attention that soon passes to another object. flirted with one fashionable ism after another coquet implies attracting interest or admiration without serious intention. companies that coquet with environmentalism solely for public relations

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“Dally.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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dull or mediocre

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