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English noun: shillyshally

1. shillyshally (act) the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time


Synonymscunctation, procrastination


Broader (hypernym)delay, holdup


English verb: shillyshally

1. shillyshally (stative) be uncertain and vague


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)hover, oscillate, vacillate, vibrate

2. shillyshally (stative) postpone doing what one should be doing


SamplesHe did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days.


Synonymsdilly-dally, dillydally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, procrastinate, stall


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)delay


Narrower (hyponym)procrastinate









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