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dally

verb

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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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2 to move or act slowly
  • Don't dally on the way to the interview.
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drag one's feet (also drag one's heels), drop behind, fall behind, hang fire, mark time, take one's time

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3 to show a sexual attraction for someone just for fun
  • twenty-somethings who spent the summer dallying with the group 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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kill time, twiddle one's thumbs

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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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