dallied dallied  /ˈdæ lid/


  1. (v) behave carelessly or indifferently
  2. (v) waste time
  3. (v) talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
  4. (v) consider not very seriously

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  1. As a student he explored the social sciences, brooded over his country's oligarchic economy, dallied with Marxism.
  2. Colin Firth plays John's father Jim, a sardonic, kindly and unkempt World War I vet who dallied with French whores at war's end before being fetched home.
  3. The legislators had dallied too long on the issue of restoring the judges, he charged, and the lawyers were no longer prepared to wait.


  1. Former state top Dem seeks SF mayor position

    Former state Democratic Party chairman Javier Gonzales, who has dallied with seeking elected office ...
    on August 30, 2013     Source: Albuquerque Journal

  2. Javier Gonzales enters Santa Fe mayoral fray

    Former state Democratic Party chairman Javier Gonzales, who has long dallied with running for office again since serving on the... more »
    on August 30, 2013     Source: Albuquerque Journal


  1. "Both political parties have tried to govern on the cheap, and both have dithered and dallied and spent public wealth on stadiums while scrimping on the basics," columnist Nick Coleman wrote in the local Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Shame is...
    on Aug 3, 2007 By: Nick Coleman Source: Bangkok Post

  2. "Despite knowing the fact that the government had no option except to solve the problem through dialogue with agitating leaders, it dilly dallied on account of which 65 innocent people lost their lives and the state suffered a lot," said AICC...
    on Jun 19, 2008 By: Ashok Gehlot Source: Hindu

  3. "If you noticed, I dilly-dallied when I got out there," Piniella said. "My mind was spinning. I had two choices and I wasn't sure of which one."
    on May 25, 2008 By: Lou Piniella Source: Chicago Tribune

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