pussyfoot

verb
pussy·foot | \ ˈpu̇-sē-ˌfu̇t \
pussyfooted; pussyfooting; pussyfoots

Definition of pussyfoot 

intransitive verb

1 : to tread or move warily or stealthily

2 : to refrain from committing oneself

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pussyfooter noun

Synonyms for pussyfoot

Synonyms

equivocate, fudge, hedge, waffle, weasel

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Examples of pussyfoot in a Sentence

He should stop pussyfooting and tell us what he wants to do. politicians who try to pussyfoot around hot-button issues

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Deputy Managing Editor Yesha Callahan is gonna be mad at this short-ass lede, but today there’s no need to pussyfoot around. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Make the Mailbag Great Again," 15 June 2018 No pussyfooting around here: Sell-offs are painful. Anna-louise Jackson, latimes.com, "How to keep your cool in this stock market sell-off," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pussyfoot

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pussyfoot was in 1903

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pussyfoot

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pussyfoot

: to avoid making a definite decision or stating a definite opinion because of fear, doubt, etc.

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