Lallygag (1859)

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Sat Sep 16 19:33:21 UTC 2006

OED2 has 1862. Here's one from a few years earlier in a somewhat different,
but probably related, sense. From the 14 Sep 1859 Sparta (Wisconsin)
Democrat, p. 1:

"The poor old Kow is ded,
Tha nokt her in the hed,
a barl of blud she bled,
Poor old thyng!

"22 Kwarts of milck she give,
As true as Eye dew liv,
but now er 12 Kwart bag
Aint wuth a lallygag,
Poor old thyng!"

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