Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.
Related to dally: dilly dally, Dailymotion

dally over (something)

To waste time rather than work diligently on something. If you keep dallying over this book report, you'll be up all night!
See also: dally, over

dally with (one)

To flirt with one. Oh, don't pay any attention to Nick—he dallies with every girl that comes into the store.
See also: dally

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.

dally over something

to waste time or take too long doing something. Don't dally over your food. Eat your dinner. I wish you wouldn't dally over your homework.
See also: dally, over

dally with someone

to flirt with someone; to waste time with someone of the opposite sex. (Old.) Sam is dallying with that Johnson girl again. Stop dallying with her and get back to your studies!
See also: dally

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Dally, a Ventura homemaker and day-care-center operator, was abducted from a shopping center in May 1996 and brutally murdered.
At the sentencing hearing, Karlyne Guess testified that joy in her life vanished with the brutal death of her daughter, Sherri Dally.
In addition, Farley took exception to Deputy District Attorney Lela Henke-Dobroth's closing argument, in which she called on the jury to convict Dally as charged and to ignore an alternative of aiding in a felony after the fact - an option Dally's attorneys fought for.
A second penalty trial, she added, also would cause further anguish for the family and friends of murder victim Sherri Dally, including the two young sons she had with the man responsible for her murder.
Sporting a new haircut and dressed in a sharp gray suit, the 37-year-old Dally hugged his attorneys moments after the eight-man, four-woman jury was discharged.
Dally are victims of their daughter-in-law's death.
Dally's eruption culminated a morning of rigorous questioning by Deputy District Attorney Lela Henke-Dobroth, who earlier this month won guilty verdicts against Dally for murder, kidnapping and conspiracy.
I had nothing to do with the kidnapping, murder or the plan,'' Dally said after taking off his glasses off and turning to face the same jury that convicted him of those crimes two weeks ago.
The series of setbacks sparked complaints from the defense that the prosecution's ``emotionally charged'' evidence will prevent the jury from reaching a dispassionate decision on whether to recommend a death sentence for Dally.
When Dally's penalty trial gets under way next week, Lowe is expected to testify about how Dally allegedly choked her and considered killing her for her savings.
When a crowd cheered news of Michael Dally's murder conviction outside a Ventura Superior Court room last week, little did its members know the outburst might help Dally gain a new jury to decide whether he faces the death penalty.
Prosecutors seeking to send convicted killer Michael Dally to Death Row want his former lover and co-conspirator, Diana Haun, to testify during the penalty phase of Dally's trial.
LITHERLAND REMYCA have appointed former AFC Liverpool and Formby Town boss Kev Dally as assistant manager.
Dally passed out while her friend was driving her home, prompting a call to the paramedics.
Don't Dilly Dally, Silly Sally Marc Ferrai, author Felipe Diaz Huarnez, illustrator Belle Isle Books c/o Brandylane Publishers 5 South First Street, Richmond, VA 23219 www.