shillyshally


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shillyshally

(ˈʃɪlɪˌʃælɪ)
vb, -lies, -lying or -lied
(intr) to be indecisive, esp over unimportant matters; hesitate
adv
in an indecisive manner
adj
indecisive or hesitant
n, pl -lies
indecision or hesitation; vacillation
[C18: from shill I shall I, by reduplication of shall I]
ˈshillyˌshallier n

shillyshally


Past participle: shillyshallied
Gerund: shillyshallying

Imperative
shillyshally
shillyshally
Present
I shillyshally
you shillyshally
he/she/it shillyshallies
we shillyshally
you shillyshally
they shillyshally
Preterite
I shillyshallied
you shillyshallied
he/she/it shillyshallied
we shillyshallied
you shillyshallied
they shillyshallied
Present Continuous
I am shillyshallying
you are shillyshallying
he/she/it is shillyshallying
we are shillyshallying
you are shillyshallying
they are shillyshallying
Present Perfect
I have shillyshallied
you have shillyshallied
he/she/it has shillyshallied
we have shillyshallied
you have shillyshallied
they have shillyshallied
Past Continuous
I was shillyshallying
you were shillyshallying
he/she/it was shillyshallying
we were shillyshallying
you were shillyshallying
they were shillyshallying
Past Perfect
I had shillyshallied
you had shillyshallied
he/she/it had shillyshallied
we had shillyshallied
you had shillyshallied
they had shillyshallied
Future
I will shillyshally
you will shillyshally
he/she/it will shillyshally
we will shillyshally
you will shillyshally
they will shillyshally
Future Perfect
I will have shillyshallied
you will have shillyshallied
he/she/it will have shillyshallied
we will have shillyshallied
you will have shillyshallied
they will have shillyshallied
Future Continuous
I will be shillyshallying
you will be shillyshallying
he/she/it will be shillyshallying
we will be shillyshallying
you will be shillyshallying
they will be shillyshallying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been shillyshallying
you have been shillyshallying
he/she/it has been shillyshallying
we have been shillyshallying
you have been shillyshallying
they have been shillyshallying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been shillyshallying
you will have been shillyshallying
he/she/it will have been shillyshallying
we will have been shillyshallying
you will have been shillyshallying
they will have been shillyshallying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been shillyshallying
you had been shillyshallying
he/she/it had been shillyshallying
we had been shillyshallying
you had been shillyshallying
they had been shillyshallying
Conditional
I would shillyshally
you would shillyshally
he/she/it would shillyshally
we would shillyshally
you would shillyshally
they would shillyshally
Past Conditional
I would have shillyshallied
you would have shillyshallied
he/she/it would have shillyshallied
we would have shillyshallied
you would have shillyshallied
they would have shillyshallied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shillyshally - the act of procrastinatingshillyshally - the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time
delay, holdup - the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
Verb1.shillyshally - be uncertain and vague
hover, oscillate, vacillate, vibrate - be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action; "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"
2.shillyshally - postpone doing what one should be doing; "He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days"
delay - act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
procrastinate - postpone or delay needlessly; "He procrastinated the matter until it was almost too late"
Translations

shillyshally

[ˈʃɪlɪˌʃælɪ] vi (fam) → tentennare, esitare
don't shillyshally!, stop shillyshallying! → deciditi una buona volta!
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It's now time for those people - they know who they are, I know who they are - to step forward in private and do a deal with the bank and no longer shillyshally and make excuses for doing it.
Let us no longer shillyshally over minor points of order, while our democracy is being stripped away by the day.
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