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 (wĭsh′ē-wŏsh′ē, -wô′shē)
adj. wish·y-wash·i·er, wish·y-wash·i·est Informal
a. Irresolute or indecisive: a wishy-washy supervisor who can't decide what to do.
b. Lacking in purpose; weak or ineffective: a wishy-washy response to the criticism.
2. Thin and watery, as tea or soup.

[Reduplication of washy, thin, watery, from wash.]

wish′y-wash′i·ness n.
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Informal. The state or quality of being insipid:


n (of coffee, soup)Labberigkeit f, → Wässrigkeit f; (of person, character)saft- und kraftlose Art, Farblosigkeit f, → Laschheit f; (of colour)Verwaschenheit f; (of argument)Schwachheit f; the wishy-washiness of this reportdas allgemeine Geschwätz (inf)in diesem Bericht
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