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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 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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References in classic literature ?
Besides, it isn't safe for us to be dawdling about here.
The Musgroves could hardly be more ready to invite than he to come, particularly in the morning, when he had no companion at home, for the Admiral and Mrs Croft were generally out of doors together, interesting themselves in their new possessions, their grass, and their sheep, and dawdling about in a way not endurable to a third person, or driving out in a gig, lately added to their establishment.
But our aunt thought best to remove her because she complained, and she has been dawdling about ever since she came.