verb, informal

we can't dilly-dally when there are critical decisions to be made

waste time, dally, dawdle, loiter, linger, take one's time, delay, temporize, stall, procrastinate, pussyfoot around, drag one's feet; dither, hesitate, falter, vacillate, waver, hem and haw; informal shilly-shally, lollygag, let the grass grow under one's feet; archaic tarry

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  • dilly-dally — ► VERB (dilly dallies, dilly dallied) informal ▪ dawdle or vacillate. ORIGIN reduplication of DALLY(Cf. ↑dally) …   English terms dictionary

  • dilly-dally — 1741, probably a reduplication of DALLY (Cf. dally) …   Etymology dictionary

  • dilly-dally — dil ly dal ly, v. i. [See {Dally}.] To loiter or trifle; to waste time. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dilly dally — index procrastinate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • dilly-dally — [v] waste time dawdle, delay, hem and haw*, hesitate, linger, loiter, meander, mosey, move slowly, procrastinate, vacillate; concepts 151,210,681 …   New thesaurus

  • dilly-dally — UK [ˈdɪlɪ ˌdælɪ] / US [ˌdɪlɪˈdælɪ] verb [intransitive] Word forms dilly dally : present tense I/you/we/they dilly dally he/she/it dilly dallies present participle dilly dallying past tense dilly dallied past participle dilly dallied informal old… …   English dictionary

  • dilly-dally — dil|ly dal|ly [ˈdıli ˌdæli] v past tense and past participle dilly dallied present participle dilly dallying third person singular dilly dallies [I] [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: dally] to waste time, because you cannot decide about something ▪ Don t …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dilly-dally — go very slowly, pause too much    Sarah, you come straight home from school. Don t dilly dally …   English idioms

  • dilly-dally — verb (I) informal to waste time, because you cannot decide about something: Don t dilly dally, just get on with it! …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • dilly-dally — in. to waste time. □ Stop dillydallying around. □ I like to dilly dally over a cup of coffee …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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