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synonyms for dilly-dally

  • dawdle
  • delay
  • hesitate
  • linger
  • loiter
  • meander
  • mosey
  • procrastinate
  • vacillate
  • hem and haw
  • move slowly
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antonyms for dilly-dally

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  • advance
  • go
  • go ahead
  • hasten
  • hurry
  • leave
  • rush
  • speed
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How to use dilly-dally in a sentence

Why, it's six thousand feet up here, and the wind don't monkey and dally around, hit gits right down to business.
DAVID LANNARCK, MIDGETGEORGE S. HARNEY
Sire and sons returned from the cemetery invigorated for their dally labours.
AULD LICHT IDYLLSJ. M. BARRIE
He quite knew that to dally with the piano-player while smoking a high-class cigar was to insult the cigar.
THE REGENTE. ARNOLD BENNETT
When we entered Mr. Dilly's drawing room, he found himself in the midst of a company he did not know.
THE ONTARIO READERS: THE HIGH SCHOOL READER, 1886MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
As the tent was found to encroach partly on the same crevasse, it may be imagined that we did not dally long over the meal.
THE HOME OF THE BLIZZARDDOUGLAS MAWSON
The novel sensation of an anticipated visit probably caused us to dally less than usual over our morning meal.
THE CRUISE OF THE "ESMERALDA"HARRY COLLINGWOOD
Here we are frightened at names, dilly-dallying and quarreling over idle words, when a tremendous crisis calls for acts.
CONTINENTAL MONTHLY, VOL. I. FEBRUARY, 1862, NO. II.VARIOUS
We must especially remember that we criminalists must not dally with mathematical truth but must seek historical truth.
CRIMINAL PSYCHOLOGYHANS GROSS
Everybody has a disposition to dally for a while with a letter or a package from an unknown source.
OUT OF THE HURLY-BURLYCHARLES HEBER CLARK
They are pleasant things to dally with,—milk and eggs, and spice and sugar.
THE ART OF ENTERTAININGM. E. W. SHERWOOD
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WORDS RELATED TO DILLY-DALLY

  • amuse oneself with
  • be amateur
  • dally
  • dilly-dally
  • fiddle with
  • flirt with
  • horse around
  • idle
  • kid around
  • mess around
  • monkey
  • monkey around
  • muck around
  • not be serious
  • play
  • play around
  • play games with
  • toy with
  • trifle
  • trifle with
  • work superficially
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