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shilly–shally

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of shilly–shally

  1. 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 Synonyms of shilly–shally balance, dither, falter, halt, hang back, scruple, shilly-shally, stagger, teeter, vacillate, waver, wobble (also wabble)Words Related to shilly–shally haw, hem; dally, dawdle, delay, linger, pause, procrastinate, wait; back down, chicken (out); consider, debate, deliberate, ponder, weigh; oscillate, sway; equivocate, hedge, pussyfoot, waffleNear Antonyms of shilly–shally decide; budge, stir; advance, continueAntonyms of shilly–shally dive (in), plunge (in)

  2. 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 Synonyms of shilly–shally crawl, creep, dally, dawdle, diddle, dillydally, drag, lag, linger, loiter, lollygag (also lallygag), mope, poke, shilly-shally, tarryWords Related to shilly–shally fiddle (around), fool around, mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle; hang (around or out), idle, loaf, loll, lounge; amble, ease, inch, lumber, plod, saunter, shuffle, stagger, stroll; decelerate, slow (down or up); filibuster, procrastinate, stall, temporizeNear Antonyms of shilly–shally bowl, breeze, dart, hump, hurtle, hustle, scramble, stampede; gallop, jog, run, sprint, trot; accelerate, quicken, speed (up); catch up, fast-forward, outpace, outrun, outstrip, overtakeAntonyms of shilly–shally barrel, bolt, career, course, dash, fly, hasten, hotfoot (it), hurry, race, rip, rocket, run, rush, scoot, scud, scurry, speed, tear, whirl, whisk, whiz (or whizz), zip


shilly–shally

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of shilly–shally

  1. 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 bureacratic shilly-shally of regulatory agencies Synonyms of shilly–shally faltering, fence-sitting, hesitance, hesitancy, indecision, irresolution, pause, shilly-shally, shilly-shallying, vacillation, wavering, wobbling (also wabbling)Words Related to shilly–shally delay, hawing, procrastination, waiting; arrière-pensée, misgiving, second thought; consideration, debate, deliberation, doubt, incertitude, indecisiveness, indetermination, uncertainness, uncertainty; avoidance, equivocation; aversion, disinclination, indisposition, reluctance, unwillingness; faintheartedness, shyness, timidity, timidnessNear Antonyms of shilly–shally certainty, certitude, confidence, decisiveness, determination, firmness, resoluteness, resolution, sureness; alacrity, eagerness, readiness


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