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You that haven't a bit or a sup but what comes from him, and you to stand shilly-shallying!
AN OLD MAN'S LOVEANTHONY TROLLOPE
There would be none of this shilly-shallying back-and-forth work then!
JOAN OF THE SWORD HANDS(AMUEL) R(UTHERFORD) CROCKETT
We will make no further pretence, and lest I lose you by further shilly-shallying, we will start upon our journey at once.
ROMANCE OF ROMAN VILLASELIZABETH W. (ELIZBETH WILLIAMS) CHAMPNEY
However, one thing was certain: there must be no shilly-shallying.
TALES OF NORTHUMBRIAHOWARD PEASE
Strange that people will have so much faith in shilly-shally!
CHARLES SUMNER; HIS COMPLETE WORKS, VOLUME 7 (OF 20)CHARLES SUMNER
Can't you see that you are driving me distracted with your shilly-shallying?
A CRIME OF THE UNDER-SEASGUY BOOTHBY
"I have little experience of shilly-shally methods," replied his visitor.
THE OPEN QUESTIONELIZABETH ROBINS
No more shilly-shallying—he had thrown the dice and lost and must pay the stakes.
THE MAN AND THE MOMENTELINOR GLYN
Why don't they go into the place, without all this shilly-shallying?
THE THIN RED LINE; AND BLUE BLOODARTHUR GRIFFITHS
I hear the shilly-shally policy of the English Government bitterly condemned.
CITIES OF THE DAWNJ. EWING RITCHIE
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO SHILLY-SHALLY

  • back and fill
  • beat around the bush
  • beg the question
  • dance around
  • equivocate
  • euphemize
  • fudge and mudge
  • hum and haw
  • mince words
  • shilly-shally
  • tapdance
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