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Definition of shilly-shally verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    NAmE//ˈʃɪli ˌʃæli//
    [intransitive] (informal) (disapproving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shilly-shally
    he / she / it shilly-shallies
    past simple shilly-shallied
    -ing form shilly-shallying
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  1. 1to take a long time to do something, especially to make a decision synonym dither
  2. 2 Stop shilly-shallying and make up your mind.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: shilly-shally