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shilly–shally

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adverb \ˈshi-lē-ˌsha-lē\

Definition of shilly–shally

  1. :  in an irresolute, undecided, or hesitating manner

Origin and Etymology of shilly–shally

irregular reduplication of shall I


First Known Use: 1700


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shilly–shally

adjective

Definition of shilly–shally

1734

First Known Use of shilly–shally

1734


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shilly–shally

verb

Definition of shilly–shally

shilly–shallied

;

shilly–shallying

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to show hesitation or lack of decisiveness or resolution

  3. 2 :  dawdle

1754

First Known Use of shilly–shally

1754


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shilly–shally

noun

Definition of shilly–shally


SHILLY–SHALLY Defined for English Language Learners


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shilly–shally

verb

Definition of shilly–shally for English Language Learners

  • : to hesitate and take a long time to do or decide something

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