shilly-shally


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Related to shilly-shally: unceremoniously, imperiously, consistently
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TO shilly-shally This originated in the Middle Ages when a person who, was not sure asked: "Shall I?
But if Beijing and Seoul, which have supported Pyongyang mentally and materially, continue to shilly-shally about adopting tough measures to deal with the renegade country, the effectiveness of the resolution will be called into question.
Higgledy-Piggledy is a charming picturebook about young first grader Mabel and a teacher who goes out of her way to teach her class the oddest and most tongue-tying words in the English language, such as "shilly-shally", "flapdoodle," "tittle-tattle", "pecadillo", and "higgledy-piggledy".
When they see how silly I am and how willing I am to shoot off my mouth, shout, shuffle, and shilly-shally, the more likely they are to give it a shot and shaboom themselves.
JOHN Simon, the brilliant but bilious theater critic, recently complained on PBS's Charlie Rose of the increasing trend toward "the homosexual play," a category he never defined except to denounce its "smuggling in" of "special pleading." This complaint would seem more suitable to the 1950's, the era of Tennessee Williams and William Inge, than to an age in which people like Tony Kushner and Terence McNally hardly need to shilly-shally about their characters'--or their own--predilections.
While we shilly-shally, youngsters are killing themselves.
I wonder whether 'shilly-shally' (116) needs a gloss, and 'poop' (119), but generally the reader's intelligence is not insulted.
"When I see the slack, shilly-shally, expensive way the Government has of doing everything," he wrote, "it appears impossible that it should ever succeed in beating the Rebels." His work was interrupted by the second battle of Bull Run, where he would care for wounded friends.
David Lamb, defending, said Richardson made a full and frank confession: "He didn't shilly-shally and try to pull the wool over the officers' eyes.
Wouldn't shilly-shally about, not with potentially dangerous criminals on the loose.
My wife and I immediately went into shilly-shally mode and just couldn't make up our minds, imagining the eyes of other customers boring into our backs.
'When people talk,' observes the psycholinguist Steven Pinker, 'they lay lines on each other, do a lot of role-playing, sidestep, shilly-shally, and engage in other forms of vagueness and innuendo.
The bottom line is that we cannot shilly-shally forever before deciding whether we are in or out.
But if there's any shilly-shally the SPL, believe me, will do their duty and boot them out of the top flight.
The Highways Agency cannot afford to shilly-shally when lives are at stake.