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See also: Dally
- To waste time in trivial activities, or in idleness; to trifle.
- a. 1726, Calamy, Benjamin, “A Sermon Preach'd on Ash-Wednesday”, in J. Calamy, editor, Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions:
- […] we have trifled too long already about a matter of such infinite moment, it is perfect Madness to dally any longer. […]
- (transitive, intransitive) To caress, especially of a sexual nature; to fondle or pet
- To delay unnecessarily; to while away.
- (to waste time): dawdle, dilly-dally; see also Thesaurus:loiter
- (to caress): feel up, grope, touch up; see also Thesaurus:fondle
- (delay unnecessarily): kill time
to waste time
to interchange caresses
to delay unnecessarily
dally (plural dallies)
- Several wraps of rope around the saddle horn, used to stop animals in roping.
- 1947, Kiskaddon, Bruce, Rhymes and Ranches:
- What matters is now if he tied hard and fast, / Or tumbled his steer with a dally.
- To wind the lasso rope (ie throw-rope) around the saddle horn (the saddle horn is attached to the pommel of a western style saddle) after the roping of an animal
- 2003, Jameson Parker, An Accidental Cowboy, page 89:
- The end of the top rope he dallied around the gooseneck trailer hitch.