- v. present participle of shilly-shally.
- n. The action of the verb
“We sat down to eat with a tremendous amount of shilly-shallying, as there were no place names on the tables and everyone was very hesitant to commit.”
“More than that, Eddie Dorsett was a fat, slothful, whining, shilly-shallying, phlegmatic zero of a kid, the lowest of the third-graders for certain and a prime contender for the lowest of the entire Rutherford Hodges Elementary student population, no small dishonor.”
“Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney's top deputies at the Pentagon recommended a stern rewrite explicitly warning Saddam not to attack Kuwait, but the shilly-shallying N.S.C. letter went out over Bush's signature.”
“That shilly-shallying should come as no surprise after the performance of the EU statespersons in l'affaire Tony Blair.”
“None of this multi-night, shilly-shallying around for Model.”
“The show itself revolved around Mitt Romney and the perpetual will-he-won't-he 2012 shilly-shallying dance that he and Palin are developing into a science.”
“Y'know, a real man wouldn't do all this back-and-forth shilly-shallying!”
“My attitude is this: We have had all the shilly-shallying any one country and any one party (the Dems) shoiuld have to tolerate.”
“By the time the average pitcher has gotten around to mentioning her book after several minutes of shilly-shallying, the agent in front of her has usually already mentally stamped her foreheads with “TIME-CONSUMING” in bright red letters.”
“Actually, we got back on Sunday, but I've been shilly-shallying since then.”
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