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Definition of dilly-dally verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    NAmE//ˈdɪli ˌdæli//
    [intransitive] (old-fashioned) (informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dilly-dally
    he / she / it dilly-dallies
    past simple dilly-dallied
    -ing form dilly-dallying
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  1. 1to take too long to do something, go somewhere, or make a decision synonym dawdle
  2. 2 Don't dilly-dally on the way home from school.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dilly-dally