v. proceed slowly; waste time
We have to meet a deadline so don't dawdle; just get down to work.
Sentence in Classic:
She knew now that Frank would be contented to dawdle along with his dirty little store for the rest of his life.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
The next day, however, she began to dawdle over her work, and the third day she was more idle still; then she began to lie in bed in the mornings and refused to get up.
Grimms' Fairy Tales By The Brothers Grimm Context
And now, Watson, this is too serious for dawdling, especially as the old man is aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs; so if you are ready, we shall call a cab and drive to Waterloo.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Everybody dawdled that morning, and it was noon before the girls found energy enough even to take up their worsted work.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott Context
Palmer, whose eye was caught by every thing pretty, expensive, or new; who was wild to buy all, could determine on none, and dawdled away her time in rapture and indecision.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen Context