dawdle over

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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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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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They both want to leave; one (Gravesen) because he wants a new direction -- soccer perhaps -- and one (Radzinski) because he wants to punish Everton for dawdling over agreeing to a new three-year deal.
Yet it took his disgraceful dawdling over one particular case for him finally to be persuaded to leave.
But Marlin Fitzwater was sneering at Gorby as "a drugstore cowboy" and Bush was dawdling over exhaustive policy reviews that always warned the Soviets might not mean it.