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Definition of shilly-shallying

  1. :  failure or hesitation to do or decide something <Congress should stop all the shilly-shallying and just vote.>

Word by Word Definitions

shilly-shallyplay shilly-shallying
  1. :  in an irresolute, undecided, or hesitating manner

  1. :  irresolute, vacillating

  1. :  to show hesitation or lack of decisiveness or resolution

    :  dawdle

  1. :  indecision, irresolution

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