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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.
See also: away, dawdle

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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: away, dawdle
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Never put in the race at the business end, and never asked any sort of question in the straight, he dawdled home, beaten less than six lengths.
Since the 1970s, when inflation dawdled along at 30%, Brazil has used a system of price indexing.
Most of Devon and Cornwall are now cut off and they must not be left to the fate of the Somerset Levels, where the authorities dawdled when urgent action and money were needed.
And although it was an admirable batting display by Gibbs and Kallis, the duo dawdled at a run rate of just 2.7 runs an over.
He then ran in the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton won by Martin Pipe's Well Chief but that race turned into a sprint after the runners dawdled embarrassingly early on and he actually finished well enough after finding himself outpaced.
The 4-1 shot dawdled as she came out of the stalls and fatally lost the best part of four lengths.
But the race was in the "chocolate teapot" category when it comes to assessing the merit of smart staying hurdlers - the runners took 30 seconds to get to the first flight and dawdled until the run downhill for the final time.
The Square Pint pub and restaurant, in the heart of the town, was snapped up from seller Chris MacDermott by a Cork publican while Jones dawdled on putting in an offer.