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dally

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Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
dally

Plural
dallies

dally (dallies)
  1. Several wraps of rope around the saddle horn, used to stop animals in roping.
    • 1947 - Bruce Kiskaddon, Rhymes and Ranches
      What matters is now if he tied hard and fast, / Or tumbled his steer with a dally.

Verb

Infinitive
to dally

Third person singular
dallies

Simple past
dallied

Past participle
-

Present participle
dallying

to dally (third-person singular simple present dallies, present participle dallying, simple past and past participle dallied)
  1. To waste time in voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to trifle.
  2. To interchange caresses, especially of a sexual nature; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport (cf dalliance)
  3. To delay unnecessarily; to while away.
  4. To wrap the rope around the saddle horn after roping an animal.
    • 2003, Jameson Parker, An Accidental Cowboy, page 89:
      The end of the top rope he dallied around the gooseneck trailer hitch.

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