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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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