shillyshally

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shillyshally postpone doing what one should be doing "He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days"
    • v shillyshally be uncertain and vague
    • n shillyshally the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time
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Usage

In literature:

Let that man know you are not going to endure his shillyshallying any longer.
"Anne Of The Island" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
There could be no more shillyshallying; we had put our hands to a big business.
"Martin Hyde, The Duke's Messenger" by John Masefield
You've got to shillyshally, and then you've got to go it blind.
"April Hopes" by William Dean Howells
They'll go on shillyshallying half their lives, I believe.
"The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn" by Henry Kingsley
Then a lot of shillyshally usually followed, Tom for and Dick and Harry against.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
I've had enough of this shillyshally.
"The Mark Of Cain" by Andrew Lang
To hell with your shillyshallying!
"A Crooked Mile" by Oliver Onions
If this kind of shillyshallying goes on much longer he will break Christabel's heart.
"Mount Royal, Volume 1 of 3" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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