Dally vs Rally - What's the difference?

dally | rally |


As verbs the difference between dally and rally

is that dally is to waste time in voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to trifle while rally is to collect, and reduce to order, as troops dispersed or thrown into confusion; to gather again; to reunite or rally can be to tease; to chaff good-humouredly.

As nouns the difference between dally and rally

is that dally is several wraps of rope around the saddle horn, used to stop animals in while rally is a demonstration; an event where people gather together to protest for or against a given cause or rally can be good-humoured raillery.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

dally

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl)

Verb

  • To waste time in voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to trifle.
  • * Calamy
  • We have trifled too long already; it is madness to dally any longer.
  • * Barrow
  • We have put off God, and dallied with his grace.
  • To interchange caresses, especially of a sexual nature; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport (compare dalliance)
  • * Shakespeare
  • Not dallying with a brace of courtesans.
  • To delay unnecessarily; to while away.
  • To wind the lasso rope (ie throw-rope) around the saddle horn (the saddle horn is attached to the pommel of a western style saddle) after the roping of an animal
  • * 2003 , Jameson Parker, An Accidental Cowboy , page 89:
  • The end of the top rope he dallied around the gooseneck trailer hitch.
    Synonyms
    * dilly-dally

    Etymology 2

    Possibly from (etyl) "da le la vuelta ! " ("twist it around !") by law of Hobson-Jobson.

    Noun

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

    rally

    English

    Etymology 1

    (etyl) ralier ((etyl) rallier), from (etyl) prefix .

    Noun

    (rallies)
  • A demonstration; an event where people gather together to protest for or against a given cause
  • (squash, table tennis, tennis, badminton) A sequence of strokes between serving]] and [[score, scoring a point.
  • (motor racing) An event in which competitors drive through a series of timed special stages at intervals. The winner is the driver who completes all stages with the shortest cumulative time.
  • (business, trading) A recovery after a decline in prices; -- said of the market, stocks, etc.
  • Hyponyms
    * (increase in value) (l)

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To collect, and reduce to order, as troops dispersed or thrown into confusion; to gather again; to reunite.
  • To come into orderly arrangement; to renew order, or united effort, as troops scattered or put to flight; to assemble; to unite.
  • * Dryden
  • The Grecians rally , and their powers unite.
  • * Tillotson
  • Innumerable parts of matter chanced just then to rally together, and to form themselves into this new world.
  • To collect one's vital powers or forces; to regain health or consciousness; to recuperate.
  • (business, trading) To recover strength after a decline in prices; -- said of the market, stocks, etc.
  • Synonyms
    * (l) * (increase in value) (l), (l)
    Antonyms
    * (increase in value) (l)
    Derived terms
    * rallying point

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) railler. See .

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To tease; to chaff good-humouredly.
  • * Addison
  • Honeycomb raillies me upon a country life.
  • * Gay
  • Strephon had long confessed his amorous pain / Which gay Corinna rallied with disdain.

    Noun

    (-)
  • Good-humoured raillery.
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