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intr.v. shil·ly-shal·lied (-lēd), shil·ly-shal·ly·ing, shil·ly-shal·lies (-lēz)
1. To procrastinate.
2. To be unable to come to a decision; vacillate.
3. To spend time on insignificant things; dawdle.
Hesitant; vacillating.
n. pl. shil·ly-shal·lies
Procrastination; hesitation.
In a hesitant manner; irresolutely.

[Reduplication of the question shall I?]
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Mrs Crick congratulated Tess on the shilly-shallying having at last come to an end, and said that directly she set eyes on Tess she divined that she was to be the chosen one of somebody who was no common outdoor man; Tess had looked so superior as she walked across the barton on that afternoon of her arrival; that she was of a good family she could have sworn.
The constable, who had been chewing a straw all this while with great philosophy, replied that if they went away at once they would have time enough, but that if they stood shilly-shallying there, any longer, they must go straight to the Mansion House; and finally expressed his opinion that that was where it was, and that was all about it.
As far as he is concerned, the whole thing started because Roque was shilly-shallying about his Senate run.
You can be sure if we were to vote now not to leave, the EU would show their true colours and insist we stop shilly-shallying around and become a proper part of the European project.
He said he was particularly frustrated with the "shilly-shallying" surrounding the 50+1 rule and the stances of the German football league (DFL), which operates the Bundesliga and the German football association (DFB) -- and he accused supporters of the rule of "populism."
The outgoing dispensation was never particularly concerned with the details when it came to education, and there was much shilly-shallying regarding the filling of the two posts causing a logjam in the HEC decision-making processes that is going to take time to clear.
I VOTED to leave the EU and I am still firmly of the same opinion, despite the horror stories and the shilly-shallying of our politicians, who clearly don't know what they are doing or where they are going.
I suspect that Westminster Tory political dogma is behind the shilly-shallying and obstructionist moves - they don't like the Welsh government aim of ending the wasteful franchise system and moving to something less complicated and more responsive to our needs.
Then, too, the shilly-shallying of the forces of law and order under police chief Ronny Alsheikh over how to handle the influx of hundreds of deeply committed pro-settlement youths and the holdouts among the residents who were determined to stay put in Amona buildings come what may.
So there does not seem any sense in shilly-shallying the decision to implement bulk SMS service to make your business marketing campaign an unsullied success.
Ms Griffith said Labour "can't be shilly-shallying about" on Trident, but added the UK must push for multilateral disarmament.