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  • v. Present participle of dandle.
  • n. The act by which somebody is dandled.


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  • Her father had looked about, dusted himself down, and said aloud the name of the place to his dandling child, his teeth good and strong in his smile.

    One Year’s Worth of Woe « A Fly in Amber

  • And after Siegfried slays Mime, he sits around, dandling the dwarf's severed head on his knee.

    Misjudged Siegfried Is No Laughing Matter

  • When your hand moves from side to side your dandling my dark abstraction and then when you send me to womb strewn I'm entirely marooned on the swoon.

    Oogy Wawa

  • He plays with the long composition, repeating figures: there's Dad off to work; there's Kelly slaying buffalo; there's Lily and April sur l'herbe in their swim-team suits, lunching with the painter; there's Jimmy flinging U.S. currency to the wind; there's Connie dandling Erin; there's Ernest intently making a drawing, his first.


  • She spent the rest of her childhood dandling babies, stirring pans, and forcing sodden washing through the family mangle.

    Fifty years of the pill

  • He could imagine her dandling a babe on her knee, crooning softly to it about hot cross buns and mulberry bushes as Mother used to do.

    A Hellion in Her Bed

  • He'd be sitting round the fire dandling children on his knee, rather than running about on strange assignments for Cranmer and Catherine Parr.

    A life in books: CJ Sansom

  • A girl of about eight seemed to be the designated babysitter, dandling a well-wrapped infant on her knee while simultaneously keeping a small herd of toddlers out from underfoot and away from the stove, where a batch of doughnuts was sizzling in hot lard.

    The Dirty Life

  • “You love your dog,” the vet said, her hand finding her throat and dandling the necklace there.

    ALONE With You

  • Maybe she'll see some good parental intentions through your misguided methods, or forgive you just because she loves you and you raised her, but I doubt you want your chance at dandling your grandchildren to hang on a "maybe."

    Carolyn Hax: Mom will pay for wedding -- only if daughter waits till age 25


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