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shilly-shally

play
adverb \ ˈshi-lē-ˌsha-lē \

Definition of shilly-shally

:in an irresolute, undecided, or hesitating manner

Origin and Etymology of shilly-shally

irregular reduplication of shall I


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shilly-shally

adjective

Definition of shilly-shally

First Known Use of shilly-shally

1734


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shilly-shally

verb

Definition of shilly-shally

shilly-shallied; shilly-shallying
intransitive verb
1 :to show hesitation or lack of decisiveness or resolution
2 :dawdle

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

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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