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Meaning of shilly-shally

shil•ly-shal•ly

Pronunciation: (shil'ē-shal"ē), [key]
— v., n., pl. adj., adv. -lied, -ly•ing, -shal•lies,
—v.i.
  1. to show indecision or hesitation; be irresolute; vacillate.
  2. to waste time; dawdle.
—n.
  1. irresolution; indecision; vacillation: It was sheer shilly-shally on his part.
—adj.
  1. irresolute; undecided; vacillating.
—adv.
  1. irresolutely.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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