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pussyfoot

[ poos-ee-foot ]
/ ˈpʊs iˌfʊt /
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verb (used without object)
to go or move in a stealthy or cautious manner.
to act cautiously or timidly, as if afraid to commit oneself on a point at issue.
noun, plural puss·y·foots.
a person with a catlike, or soft and stealthy, tread.
Chiefly British. a teetotaler or prohibitionist.
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Origin of pussyfoot

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; pussy1 + foot
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How to use pussyfoot in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pussyfoot

pussyfoot
/ (ˈpʊsɪˌfʊt) informal /

verb (intr)
to move about stealthily or warily like a cat
to avoid committing oneself
noun plural -foots
a person who pussyfoots
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