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[v] consider not very seriously; "He is trifling with her"; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
[v] talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions; "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women"
[v] waste time; "Get busy--don't dally!"
[v] behave carelessly or indifferently; "Play about with a young girl's affection"

Misc. Definitions

\Dal"ly\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dallied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dallying}.] [OE. ?alien, dailien; cf. Icel. pylja to talk, G. dallen, dalen, dahlen, to trifle, talk nonsense, OSw. tule a droll or funny man; or AS. dol foolish, E. dull.]
1. To waste time in effeminate or voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to fool away time; to delay unnecessarily; to tarry; to trifle. We have trifled too long already; it is madness to dally any longer. --Calamy. We have put off God, and dallied with his grace. --Barrow.
2. To interchange caresses, especially with one of the opposite sex; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport. Not dallying with a brace of courtesans. --Shak. Our aerie . . . dallies with the wind. --Shak.
\Dal"ly\, v. t. To delay unnecessarily; to while away. Dallying off the time with often skirmishes. --Knolles.

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