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Shilly-shally synonyms
shĭl'ē-shăl'ē
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To become weak, ineffective, or unsteady, especially in performance:
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  1. To become weak, ineffective, or unsteady, especially in performance:
  2. To lose strength, certainty, etc.; weaken
  3. To be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence; waver:
To change or fluctuate:
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  1. To change or fluctuate:
  2. To vary in brightness; flicker
  3. To fluctuate
To vary irregularly, especially in amount:
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  1. To vary irregularly, especially in amount:
  2. To cause to vary irregularly.
  3. (Intransitive) To vary irregularly; to swing.
(Computer graphics) To render an approximation of (an image, etc.) by using dot patterns in similar colours to those that are unavailable on the system.
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  1. (Computer graphics) To render an approximation of (an image, etc.) by using dot patterns in similar colours to those that are unavailable on the system.
  2. To do something nervously.
  3. To be nervously excited or confused
To move uncertainly or unsteadily; totter; stumble
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  1. To move uncertainly or unsteadily; totter; stumble
  2. To stumble in speech; speak haltingly; stammer
  3. To say hesitantly or timidly
To be uncertain; waver; hesitate
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  1. To be uncertain; waver; hesitate
  2. To come or bring to a halt; stop, esp. temporarily
  3. (Intransitive) To stop marching.
To be reluctant; not be sure that one should
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  1. To be reluctant; not be sure that one should
  2. To stop because of indecision; pause or delay in acting, choosing, or deciding because of feeling unsure; waver
  3. To pause; stop momentarily
To cease or suspend an action temporarily:
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  1. To cease or suspend an action temporarily:
  2. To cease or suspend the action of temporarily; stop for an interim:
  3. To hesitate:
To move unsteadily, as though about to collapse; totter, sway, or reel, as from a blow, fatigue, drunkenness, etc.
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  1. To move unsteadily, as though about to collapse; totter, sway, or reel, as from a blow, fatigue, drunkenness, etc.
  2. To arrange in alternating or overlapping time periods:
  3. (Sports) To arrange (the start of a race) with the starting point in the outside lanes progressively closer to the finish line so as to neutralize the advantage of competing in the shorter inside lanes.
To waver in mind; show indecision
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  1. To waver in mind; show indecision
  2. To change between one state and another; fluctuate:
  3. To be unable to choose between different courses of action or opinions; waver:
To move unsteadily back and forth:
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  1. To move unsteadily back and forth:
  2. To become unsteady; begin to give way; falter
  3. To tremble or quaver in sound, as of the voice or a musical note.
To waver in one's opinions, etc.; vacillate
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  1. To waver in one's opinions, etc.; vacillate
  2. To waver or vacillate in one's opinions or feelings.
  3. To tremble or quaver:
Limping, awkward, or unsteady
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  1. Limping, awkward, or unsteady
  2. Prone to pauses or breaks; hesitant; broken
  3. Marked by hesitation or uncertainty; jerky, disconnected, etc.
Hesitating or undecided; vacillating; doubtful
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  1. Hesitating or undecided; vacillating; doubtful
  2. Inclined or tending to hesitate.
Not decisive; not conclusive or final
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  1. Not decisive; not conclusive or final
  2. Prone to or characterized by indecision; irresolute:
  3. Inconclusive:
Unsure of how to act or proceed; undecided.
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  1. Unsure of how to act or proceed; undecided.
  2. Not resolute; wavering in decision, purpose, or opinion; indecisive; vacillating
  3. Indecisive or lacking in resolution
(Biology) having branches etc. that bend downwards; drooping or weeping
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  1. (Biology) having branches etc. that bend downwards; drooping or weeping
  2. Hanging freely or loosely; suspended so as to swing
  3. Indecisive or hesitant
Not fully worked out, concluded, or agreed on; provisional:
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  1. Not fully worked out, concluded, or agreed on; provisional:
  2. Indicating a lack of confidence or certainty; hesitant:
  3. Made, done, proposed, etc. experimentally or provisionally; not definite or final
Easily frightened; lacking self-confidence; shy; timorous
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  1. Easily frightened; lacking self-confidence; shy; timorous
  2. Lacking self-confidence; shy.
  3. Showing fear or lack of self-confidence; hesitant
Vacillating; wavering
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  1. Vacillating; wavering
  2. Undergoing vacillation; wavering.
Inclined to waver; irresolute.
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  1. Inclined to waver; irresolute.
  2. Liable to waver; irresolute and hesitant.
An instance of hesitating.
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  1. An instance of hesitating.
  2. The state or quality of being hesitant.
  3. Hesitation or indecision; doubt
Uncertainty; indecision
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  1. Uncertainty; indecision
  2. A pause or faltering in speech.
  3. A hesitating or feeling hesitant
Reluctance or an inability to make up one's mind; irresolution.
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  1. Reluctance or an inability to make up one's mind; irresolution.
  2. The inability to decide on a course of action, especially if two or more possibilities exist.
  3. Lack of decision; inability to decide or tendency to change the mind frequently; hesitation or vacillation
The condition of being indecisive
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The state of being irresolute.
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A break, stop, or rest, often for a calculated purpose or effect:
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  1. A break, stop, or rest, often for a calculated purpose or effect:
  2. A delay or suspended reaction, as from uncertainty; a hesitation:
  3. Delay or hesitation:
The characteristic of being tentative.
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  1. The characteristic of being tentative.
The property of being timid; shyness.
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Movement back and forth; reciprocating movement.
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  1. Movement back and forth; reciprocating movement.
  2. Debate over an issue; vacillation.
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