dawdle dawdle  /ˈdɔ dəl/


  1. (v) take one's time; proceed slowly
  2. (v) waste time
  3. (v) hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.


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  1. Pollack's prediction: the new diet will end doctors' traditional tolerance for patients who dawdle over their convalescence.
  2. Kartoo can be fun to play with, but only if you have time to dawdle.
  3. Alarmingly, it tends to dawdle before administering the coup de grce.


  1. Cravens solidifies spot as USC freshman

    LOS ANGELES - Su'a Cravens didn't rush back from his groin injury, but he didn't dawdle either.
    on November 8, 2013     Source: Orange County Register

  2. Doggie Dash and Dawdle helps canines

    One annual event went to the dogs, literally. Tons of pet owners participated in this year's Doggie Dash and Dawdle Saturday morning.
    on November 3, 2013     Source: KRQE & KASA FOX 2 Albuquerque

  3. A lark in the park

    Dogs were here, there and everywhere at Balloon Fiesta Park on Saturday, as the 31st annual Doggie Dash & Dawdle took over the grounds.
    on November 3, 2013     Source: Albuquerque Journal


  1. "The rubber's starting to hit the road," Baucus said Tuesday. "We're not going to dawdle."
    on Sep 8, 2009 By: Max Baucus Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "Oh, Pammy, I want you to wash the windows behind my desk," spoke Hillary crisply. "Then, if you could rip down those curtains and make me a nice pantsuit out of them. Now, don't dawdle so -- I can read you white, hard-working people like a...
    on May 27, 2008 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Monthly Review

  3. "Congress cannot dawdle any longer," said Charles Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee and co-author of the measure with Baucus.
    on Sep 23, 2008 By: Charles Grassley Source: Bloomberg

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