Part of speech:
(Like “sleep,” “skydive,” and “succeed,” all intransitive verbs show complete action on their own and do not do action to an object. You sleep, you skydive, you succeed, and that’s it. You don’t “sleep a bed,” “skydive a plane,” or “succeed a plan”.
Likewise, someone dallies.)
This word has several definitions, but we'll focus on one useful one:
When people dally, they're wasting time or causing a delay. We dally on purpose or because of laziness, or we dally because we're having trouble making up our minds.
dallies, dallied, dallying, dilly-dally (verb with the same meaning)
How to use it:
Talk about someone dallying, as in "He keeps dallying when he should be starting his assignment." You can dally for a period of time, as in "We dallied outside the store for another ten minutes until it opened." You might dally on something, as in "She dallied on the issue of leaving her frustrating job." Also, you can use "dallying" as an adjective or noun: tell someone you're annoyed with her dallying tactics, or tell someone to quit his dallying.
It's frustrating to go shopping with her; she keeps dallying in every single aisle while I just want to get in, get what I need, and get out.
If you're planning a plane trip, don't dally--fares only increase as your travel date approaches.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "dally" means when you can explain it without saying "procrastinate" or "delay."
Think of a sport, game, or activity that you enjoy, one that is fast-paced or that requires timing, and fill in the blanks: “If you dally when _____, then you'll _____.”
Example: “If you dally when you get off the chair lift at the top of the slope, then you'll annoy other skiers who are trying to exit behind you.”
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Playing With Words:
This month's game is "guess the common word based on the given literal root meanings." Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. It can be fun and illuminating to see the literal meanings of words when they came into the language! More than one right answer might be possible in some cases, just so you know. Also, it's okay if you can't come up with most or even any of the answers on your own; just check out the solutions and you'll learn the roots as you go along this month.
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A Point Well Made:
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1. The opposite of DALLY is
2. Because they had dallied for so long on their retirement planning, _____.
A. they were confident about their financial security.
B. they were able to take at least two vacations every year.
C. it was a stressful scramble for them to finally put their finances in order.
Answers are below.
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