dawdle over

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!
See also: dawdle, over
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: dawdle, over
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The next day, however, she began to dawdle over her work, and the third day she was more idle still; then she began to lie in bed in the mornings and refused to get up.