pussyfooter


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puss·y·foot

 (po͝os′ē-fo͝ot′)
intr.v. puss·y·foot·ed, puss·y·foot·ing, puss·y·foots
1. To move stealthily or cautiously.
2. Informal To act or proceed cautiously or timidly to avoid committing oneself.

puss′y·foot′er n.

pussyfooter

(ˈpʊsɪˌfʊtə)
n
1. a person who behaves stealthily or evasively
2. US history a person who supports the prohibition of alcohol
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