verb (used without object), shil·ly-shal·lied, shil·ly-shal·ly·ing.
noun, plural shil·ly-shal·lies.
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OTHER WORDS FROM shilly-shallyshil·ly-shal·li·er, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for shilly-shally
She was not a woman weakly to accommodate herself to shilly-shally proceedings.George Eliot|Mathilde Blind
Descend, sir, from your shilly-shally generalities and verbal fallacies.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863|Adam Gurowski
Which, by the way, amounts to an admission that he does shilly-shally sometimes.The Humour of Homer and Other Essays|Samuel Butler
The Kaiser, instead of taking strong measures at once, pursued his usual policy of shilly-shally.The Story of Nuremberg|Cecil Headlam
Your Uncle William used to make fun of me and sing 'Shilly-shally with the wee girls, ha, ha, ha!'The Foolish Lovers|St. John G. Ervine