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vb, -lies, -lying or -lied
(intr) to be indecisive, esp over unimportant matters; hesitate
in an indecisive manner
indecisive or hesitant
n, pl -lies
indecision or hesitation; vacillation
[C18: from shill I shall I, by reduplication of shall I]
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Past participle: shillyshallied
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|Noun||1.||shillyshally - the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time|
|Verb||1.||shillyshally - be uncertain and vague|
|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"
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