dally (v.) Old form(s): dallie
deal lightly, play about, tease
LLL V.i.98[Armado to Holofernes, of the King] with his royal finger thus dally with my excrement, with my mustachio
Luc.554[] foul night-waking cat, he doth but dally / While in his hold-fast foot the weak mouse panteth
TN II.iv.47[Orsino to Viola as Cesario, of a song] It is silly sooth, / And dallies with the innocence of love
TN III.i.14[Viola as Cesario to Feste] They that dally nicely with words may quickly make them wanton
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