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dally with sth

verb [I] uk phrasal verb with dally   /ˈdæl.i/ old-fashioned us  
to consider or imagine an idea, subject, or plan, but not in a serious way: He had occasionally dallied with the idea of starting his own business, but he had never actually done anything about it.
Translations of “dally with sth”
in Chinese (Traditional) 隨便想想,不認真地考慮(想法、主題或計劃)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 随便想想,不认真地考虑(想法、主题或计划)…
(Definition of dally with sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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