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English definition of “dally with sth”

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.
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