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  • Perhaps Gray himself was there; and the Scotchman cursed his own dilatoriness in waiting till darkness had covered the earth before setting afoot inquiries.†   (source)
  • After a pause he added "sir" in a dilatory, grudging way.   (source)
  • He always moved with the alertness of a mind which could neither be undecided nor dilatory, but now he seemed more sudden than usual in his disappearance.   (source)
  • His letter was soon dispatched; for, though dilatory in undertaking business, he was quick in its execution.   (source)
  • I've got a complaint that makes me a little dilatory.†   (source)
  • He had had full warning of Mr. Flack's intentions, and might have bought the plot before building commenced: but he was apathetic and dilatory.†   (source)
  • More dilatory counsels prevailed.†   (source)
  • Presently we saw three: springing into position confronting them by a daring volt, a third, a dilatory steeple, that of Vieuxvicq, was come to join them.†   (source)
  • It was notorious that any fool could pass the examinations of the Bar Council, and he pursued his studies in a dilatory fashion.†   (source)
  • The leader of the emigrants cast his eyes, understandingly, about him, and examined the place with the keenness of one competent to judge of so nice a question, though in that dilatory and heavy manner, which rarely permitted him to betray precipitation.†   (source)
  • The latter method of obtaining the desired intelligence was dilatory and unsatisfactory; besides, I had an insurmountable aversion to the idea of engaging myself in my loathsome task in my father's house while in habits of familiar intercourse with those I loved.†   (source)
  • The winter, however, was spent cheerfully; and although the spring was uncommonly late, when it came its beauty compensated for its dilatoriness.†   (source)
  • He was dilatorily throwing up a piece of wood into the fire every now and then, a business which seemed to have engaged him a considerable part of the evening, for his face was somewhat weary.†   (source)
  • With an income quite sufficient to their wants thus secured to them, they had nothing to wait for after Edward was in possession of the living, but the readiness of the house, to which Colonel Brandon, with an eager desire for the accommodation of Elinor, was making considerable improvements; and after waiting some time for their completion, after experiencing, as usual, a thousand disappointments and delays from the unaccountable dilatoriness of the workmen, Elinor, as usual, broke through the first positive resolution of not marrying till every thing was ready, and the ceremony took place in Barton church early in the autumn.†   (source)
  • These Cardinals trifle with me; I abhor
    This dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome.   (source)
  • The dilatory process of convening the legislature, or one of its branches, for the purpose of obtaining its sanction to the measure, would frequently be the occasion of letting slip the golden opportunity.   (source)
    dilatory = slow or causing delay
  • I listened to its dilatory rustlings, watched the small fluffy clouds float by, and pondered the etiquette of the situation.†   (source)
  • O I have been dilatory and dumb,
    I should have made my way straight to you long ago,
    I should have blabb'd nothing but you, I should have chanted nothing
    but you.†   (source)
  • Thou know'st we work by wit, and not by witchcraft; And wit depends on dilatory time.†   (source)
  • The dilatory course of a trial at law to recover the taxes imposed on individuals, would neither suit the exigencies of the public nor promote the convenience of the citizens.†   (source)
  • If no such cabal should exist, the mere diversity of views and opinions would alone be sufficient to tincture the exercise of the executive authority with a spirit of habitual feebleness and dilatoriness.†   (source)
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