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dawdle about

To waste time. If you want to get your allowance, quit dawdling about and do your chores!
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dawdle along

To walk in a slow and unconcerned manner. We'll never get there on time if you boys keep dawdling along, hurry up!
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dawdle away

To waste time (often a specific amount of time that is stated after "away"). I had to stay up late finishing my book report because I dawdled away my whole afternoon.
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dawdle over

To waste time rather than work diligently on something. If you keep dawdling over this book report, you'll be up all night!
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dawdle about

to waste time in a place; to waste time talking idly. Don't dawdle about. Get moving. Tim has been dawdling about all morning.
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dawdle along

to move along slowly and casually. The boys dawdled along on their way to school. We were just dawdling along, talking about life. We didn't know we were late.
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dawdle over something

to waste time when one should be doing a particular task; to loaf while doing something. Don't dawdle over your hamburger. The lunch period ends in two minutes. Don't dawdle over it. Get it done.
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dawdle something away

to waste a particular amount of time; to let a period of time slip away, wasted. You didn't finish your work because you dawdled most of your time away. You dawdle away too much time daydreaming.
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If only there were fewer cyclists, people of rotund dimensions, elderly dawdlers, dreadful drivers etc etc etc getting in the way of progress.
One day, however, he dared to hint that he would appreciate it If the dawdlers would vacate.
Concerned that a sluggish graduation rate has exacerbated congestion on its 605-acre campus, they have taken action to discourage dawdlers.
As this is the season of goodwill, why not create a fast lane in your store and impose a fine on dawdlers who don't shop at your minimum speed requirement?
Tables sell out weeks in advance, forcing dawdlers to settle for 11:30 am or 2:00 pm seatings.
Perpetual dawdlers are often unaware that their actions can topple an entire business.
SPEEDY shoppers will find it easier to get past dawdlers after Britain's first pedestrian fast lane has been launched.
Dawdlers cause gaps, and then spectators go home thinking the show is over, when the rest is yet to come.
Thinking about buying prezzies doesn't begin until I've done the London gig, the annual reunion with the cluster of cadgers, shirkers, dawdlers and malingerers that constitutes my old circle of acquaintances from the halcyon days of full heads of hair, competent memories and disposable income.
I niftily wove my way in and out of the throng, moving speedily and determinedly up close to admire the amazing detail of the brushwork before moving swiftly off to the next painting, overtaking the many dawdlers on the way.
Dawdlers, on the other hand, are generally harmless.
But the arithmetic can no longer be seen as a convenient excuse for the the dawdlers.
Any plan with any integrity would have to go through serious environmental and economic analysis - not the sort of thing that's likely to be achieved in the next two weeks, least of all by this collection of dawdlers and layabouts.
After addressing the problems of dawdlers by removing sofas from its outlets, Coffee Republic has hailed the popularity of its new deli outlets to post narrower first-half losses.