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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DALLIED

He dallied in his room so that she might have plenty of time in which to learn Mary's news.

I had a heart that dallied Letter to Southey, July 29, 1802.

She walked slowly and more slowly as he dallied by her side.

And still Charles dallied and delayed, still the main army did not come up.

If he had dallied in his love-making he lingered in his kissing.

We had sent our men on before while we dallied with our friends at Mpwapwa.

He dallied with the thought for a little time, and then dismissed it.

So he dallied, and bungled; and then you two intervened, and his game was hopeless.

He has dared this, which I have dallied with, and left undone.

The thought occurred to him, and he dallied with it for his pleasure.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to talk, converse," possibly from Anglo-French dalier "to amuse oneself," of uncertain origin. Sense of "waste time" emerged by late 14c. Related: Dallied; dallying.