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English verb: dally

1. dally (social) behave carelessly or indifferently

SamplesPlay about with a young girl's affection.

Synonymsflirt, play, toy

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Verb groupdally, play, trifle

2. dally (motion) waste time

SamplesGet busy--don't dally!.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)act, behave, do

3. dally (communication) talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions

SamplesThe guys always try to chat up the new secretaries.
My husband never flirts with other women.

ExamplesSam wants to dally with Sue

Synonymsbutterfly, chat up, coquet, coquette, flirt, mash, philander, romance

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)speak, talk

Narrower (hyponym)vamp, wanton

4. dally (cognition) consider not very seriously

SamplesHe is trifling with her.
She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania.

ExamplesSam wants to dally with Sue

Synonymsplay, trifle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)consider, deal, look at, take

Verb groupdally, flirt, play, toy

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