verb (used without object), shil·ly-shal·lied, shil·ly-shal·ly·ing.
noun, plural shil·ly-shal·lies.
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Origin of shilly-shally
OTHER WORDS FROM shilly-shallyshil·ly-shal·li·er, noun
Words nearby shilly-shally
Example sentences from the Web for shilly-shally
You that haven't a bit or a sup but what comes from him, and you to stand shilly-shallying!An Old Man's Love|Anthony Trollope
There would be none of this shilly-shallying back-and-forth work then!Joan of the Sword Hand|S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
We will make no further pretence, and lest I lose you by further shilly-shallying, we will start upon our journey at once.Romance of Roman Villas|Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
However, one thing was certain: there must be no shilly-shallying.Tales of Northumbria|Howard Pease
Strange that people will have so much faith in shilly-shally!Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 7 (of 20)|Charles Sumner