intransitive verbdilly-dallying, dilly-dallied, dilly-dallies
1(dawdle)perder el tiempohe dilly-dallied over his work for hours — estuvo horas perdiendo el tiempo sin hacer nada de trabajo
- don't dilly-dally on the way — no te entretengas
- While they're dilly-dallying, my house is falling apart.
- This generosity for themselves comes from a congress that continues to dilly-dally over a proposal to raise the minimum wage by a pathetic dollar-an-hour - phased in over the next three years.
- I used to be a fundraiser, and I found that it is best not to dilly-dally too long, but to go ahead and get to ‘the ask’.
- His attitude has been to dilly-dally and turn down proposals on firms on trivial grounds.
- They cannot dilly-dally with the issue as the deadline has been set.
- It's just as important not to dilly-dally while you get it down, too.
- Oh, do tell me you've not wasted my father's money by spending all of your days dilly-dallying with poetry, rather than studying!
- I'm not going to be dilly-dallying around and dancing around the issues.
- Girls, time for class, stop dilly-dallying.
- We were thankful for the time bought for us to dilly-dally.
- Apparently she told the passengers that when they had deplaned and cleared customs, they were to make their way straight home, and not to dilly-dally anywhere, as there was a large amount of civil disturbance going on downtown!
- When she emerged - and she never took long, for she wasn't one to dilly-dally - I would step into the hall so that she would see me there waiting and wouldn't be frightened.
- While the Minister for Health dilly-dallies, patients lives are at risk and staff are continuing to work in completely unacceptable and intolerable conditions.
- In fact, had they not dilly-dallied, the book would have been out much sooner.
- Don't four-year-olds often dilly-dally, stall, and do just about everything slowly?
- We're leaving early tomorrow, and I'm not going to be dilly-dallying.
- How should we deal with judges who sleep on the bench, dilly-dally over judgments or commit crimes?
- He's seen out the season and he hasn't dilly-dallied.
- It's never too early to start loitering, and dilly-dallying.
- Well, I hope he doesn't dilly-dally too much longer.
2(vacillate)titubearI wish he'd stop dilly-dallying! — ¡ojalá tomara una decisión de una vez por todas!