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Definition of dally verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

dally

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈdæli//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæli//
 
[intransitive] (old-fashioned)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dally
BrE BrE//ˈdæli//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæli//
 
he / she / it dallies
BrE BrE//ˈdæliz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæliz//
 
past simple dallied
BrE BrE//ˈdælid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdælid//
 
past participle dallied
BrE BrE//ˈdælid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdælid//
 
-ing form dallying
BrE BrE//ˈdæliɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæliɪŋ//
 
 
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to do something too slowly; to take too much time making a decision Word Origin Middle English: from Old French dalier ‘to chat’ (commonly used in Anglo-Norman French), of unknown origin. Phrasal Verbsdally with somebody
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