dilly-dally with

dilly-dally (around) with (someone or something)

To waste time with someone or something. You spent so much time dilly-dallying with your friends that now you'll be up all night writing that paper.

dilly-dally (around) with someone or something

to waste time frivolously with someone or something. Stop dilly dallying around with your friends. He is always dilly-dallying around with his work.
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After dilly-dally with information, concerning Botswana's 400 metre runner, Lydia Jele doping saga, Botswana National Olympic Committee(BNOC) has finally admitted that the athletes was provisional suspended.
ANNA Friel doesn't dilly-dally with that old three-date rule.
But there is no need to dilly-dally with two revenue provisions in the budget - the transfer of $15 million from the wastewater (or sewer systems) fund and $106 million from the Department of Water and Power to the city's general fund.