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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of dilly-dally.


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  • Yet, Bush insists on an open-ended commitment in Iraq, as our armed forces get shot at while their Parliament dilly-dallies, and contemplates a long summer vacation.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • The compensation related to controversial conversions of mining rights which have basically thrown local small-scale and artesanal miners out of their previous mine workings to make way for industrial-scale transnational corporations which are themselves in a state of paralysis while the central government dilly-dallies on final clearances to begin mining operations.

    Southern gold miners occupation of Mibam offices precipitates Thursday meeting with Minister Rodolfo Sanz

  • Alf, I've heard fellows say (and they was men that had had experience with women, too) -- I've heard 'em say that the chap that dilly-dallies with a woman, and always acts as sweet as pie, never makes no headway.

    Dixie Hart

  • My Biddy wasn't one of the kind that dilly-dallies or shilly-shallies: she pounces on the child like a hawk on a chicken, stops its mouth so it could n't as much as peep, and carries it into a wood near by and hides till dark.

    Stories of Many Lands

  • This is not a president who dilly-dallies, leads from behind and has trouble making decisions.

    BBC News - Home

  • Pakistan gains as India dilly-dallies on rice exports photo: PIB of India/Photo Division, Ministry of I & - Business News

  • Pakistan gains as India dilly-dallies on rice exports - Articles related to Maharashtra urged to scrap permits for grain-based distilleries

  • He dilly-dallies over his shot and eventually fires the ball straight at Cavalieri.

    The Guardian World News

  • Ray Bradbury's comedy, about the men who frequent a small-town Irish bar, dilly-dallies too long, until an amusing story about an inherited wine legacy finally kicks into high gear just before intermission.


  • Unfortunately, he's a bit of a wimp, and he dilly-dallies through much of the film until he can finally muster the courage to deal with her.

    The Hollywood News

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