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Below you will find the definition of dally, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - waste time
EXAMPLES - Dally in a Sentence
- Senators dilly-dally and keep changing their minds. (source)
- Brown doesn't dilly dally in getting her story started. (source)
- There is no more time to dally in fear and ignorance and greed. (source)
- There is real work to be done, no time for the dillying of the dally. (source)
- The VP candidate commutes dally to and from Washington, D.C. via Amtrak. (source)
- If you're interested, don't dilly-dally because the coupon expires July 31. (source)
- Facebook is essentially a huge, online garden fence where your friends dally. (source)
- Re: Zorro, it was only Antonio Banderas that had Catherine Zeta-Jones to dally with. (source)
- If you decide to exchange or return a gift, our advice: Don't dally, and read the fine print. (source)
- On the other hand, I want to make it clear that we're not going to dally, not going to dawdle? (source)
- Now Tsetse will escort her safely to her ship, and you and I will dally on the way to the Oracle. (source)
- Persons who are most effective at living lives of purpose and power don't dally with such agenda items. (source)
- She would dally only briefly, then move on, not really resting or eating until she reached the Blue Demesnes. (source)
- Salmon was quite brutal about it, saying that he knew the old man, and he would just dally until he was trapped. (source)
- So there, it's settled you're off to napa valley - you best confirm those eligible reservations, don't dilly-dally! (source)
- So much so, I suppose it's possible that a straight soldier who felt really horny one day might choose to dally with him. (source)
- Then, not daring to dally here, she bid farewell to Flach, resumed her natural form, and set off for the realm of the land. (source)
- Unlikely there would still be any grouse left on that lek over a mile and a half to the west, but I drove too far too fast to dally now. (source)
- But, they advised each other, don't dally in trying to dominate the new energy market, because the spoils will go to those who exploit the uncertainty the best. (source)
- They both knew that they could not afford to dally long here in the Lattice, for the demons would surround them and set up a barrier to stop the plunging unicorn. (source)
- I've seen folks pursue a part-time job at the bookstore, dally in graphic design, wait tables ... anything that gets them out of the house and generates a few bucks. (source)
- Unfortunately, the longer we dally about getting back to real industries as the basis of real wealth, the more our industries get hollowed out, so the harder it gets. (source)
- "Democrats have internalized the criticisms about their agenda ... dilly and dally and beg Republicans to join them ... instead of following the lead of their opponents." (source)
- "On the one hand we're going to work to get a decision, on the other hand I wanted to make it clear that we're just not going to dally, we're not going to dawdle," Mr. Baucus said. (source)
- He would dally for several hours in Anidom, poking into obscure comers, and in the course of it perform another identity switch in a seeming effort to shake any pur - suit that remained. (source)
- Riebeek Kasteel is a place to gather one's self dally over a meal, watch a pickup stop for ducks, suck in the cool country air and then head back into Cape Town and the whirl of the World Cup. (source)
- Among this number was one Sally Urquhart, a pretty, apparently free-thinking young woman from the state capital who had sought to dally amongst the gin-blasted swells that hung around the Shilkie back then. (source)
- We pass by the monastery where De Vinci's Last Supper resides, zoom by the Duomo, under repair as always, head over to the main synagogue, dally at the Piazza, and make our way down the narrowest street in town. (source)
- Because, after all, those of us who compose beautiful music for print are superior to those who write online, even if we dally online ourselves; we got class, after all, a certain airy refinement, not to mention couth. (source)
- Doubtless at a hundred points he could have brought the game to its conclusion, but he had preferred to dally with his opponent, divesting him of material, herding him like a nose-ringed tarsk helplessly about the board. (source)
- Once or twice I walked out with Pir Ali, to lounge in the Old Market and ogle the bints, or dally with them in the boutique doorways, but he found my grunts a poor return for his own cheery prattle, and abandoned me to my own devices. (source)
- The premillennial craze for this sort of thing has even begun stirring up a backlash: in a recent New York Times op-ed entitled "" Future Schlock, '' University of Maryland physics professor Robert Park took special umbrage at futurists who presume to dally in the hard sciences. (source)
- And will you add some understandable value to the additional 500 or so American men and women who will sacrifice their lives while Reid and the Senate dilly-dally about 'cutting off' funding for the war in Iraq unless a timetable, implementation starting immediately, is allowed by Bush and Cheney? (source)
- So I actually do get the point of not telling your spouse if you've had a one-night stand to avoid a bear trap being affixed to someone's pee-pee, but I don't get why Buffoon would even want to dally with another woman in the first place given the fact that my uncle on my mother's side was a trapper. (source)
- WISCONSINITES SPLIT ON WALKER RECALL - A Wisconsin Public Radio / St. Norbert College survey finds that Wisconsin voters are evenly split on whether to recall Governor Scott Walker for the bill he supported that will likely downgrade state workers' health plans to a dally allowance of one doctor-repelling apple. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 58.0, which suggests that "dally" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 23 synonyms for dally.
boondoggle, drag, fool around, fool with, fritter away, hang about, horse around, idle, jerk off, lag, linger, loiter, lollygag, play around, play games with, procrastinate, put off, putter, tarry, trail, trifle with, waste time, while away
We have 8 antonyms for dally.
complete, finish, go, hasten, hurry, leave, push, rush
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of dally from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-intransitive) To play amorously; flirt: "Sylvester dallied about Lena until he began to make mistakes in his work” ( Willa Cather). See Synonyms at flirt.
- (verb-intransitive) To trifle; toy.
- (verb-intransitive) To waste time; dawdle.
- (verb-transitive) To waste (time).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To waste time in voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to trifle.
- (verb) To interchange caresses, especially of a sexual nature; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport (compare dalliance)
- (verb) To delay unnecessarily; to while away.
- (verb) To wind the lasso rope around the saddle pummel after the roping of an animal
- (noun) Several wraps of rope around the saddle horn, used to stop animals in roping.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-intransitive) To waste time in effeminate or voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to fool away time; to delay unnecessarily; to tarry; to trifle.
- (verb-intransitive) To interchange caresses, especially with one of the opposite sex; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport.
- (verb-transitive) To delay unnecessarily; to while away.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To talk idly or foolishly; pass the time in idle or frivolous chat.
- (None) To trifle away time in any manner, as in vague employment or in mere idleness; linger; loiter; delay.
- (None) To play, sport, frolic, toy, as in exchanging caresses; wanton.
- (None) To delay; defer; put off.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) waste time
- (verb) talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
- (verb) behave carelessly or indifferently
- (verb) consider not very seriously