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shilly-shally

verb

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1 to show uncertainty about the right course of action
  • I didn't shilly-shally but instead raced to the hospital as soon as I heard the news

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2 to move or act slowly
  • with dinner guests due in two hours, there was no time to shilly-shally in front of the TV set

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shilly-shally

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of shilly-shally (Entry 2 of 3)

a state or an instance of temporary inaction because of uncertainty about the right course of action
  • the construction project was once again delayed by the bureaucratic shilly-shally of regulatory agencies

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shilly-shally

adjective

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“Shilly-shally.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/shilly-shally. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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