verb[no object, with adverbial]
- 1Act in a cautious or non-committal way: I realized I could no longer pussyfoot aroundMore example sentences
equivocate, be evasive, be non-committal, evade/dodge/sidestep/fudge the issue, prevaricate, quibble, parry questions, hedge, fence, vacillate, shuffle about, beat about the bush; British hum and haw• informal duck the question, sit on the fence, shilly-shally, blow hot and cold• rare tergiversate
- Mr Blair may want to pussyfoot around this issue, but I don't.
- ‘Tell me we're not going to pussyfoot around when we get in there,’ he says.
- Don't pussyfoot around with vague terms like hang out.
- 1.1Move stealthily or warily: they make a great show of pussyfooting through the greeneryMore example sentences
- You've been pussyfooting around all week long about some secret you have.
- It is not about pussyfooting in the dark nor is it about throwing stones while hiding the hand.
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- Agnew, on the other hand, is the guy who gave us ‘nattering nabobs of negativity,’ and ‘pusillanimous pussyfooters.’
- Careful Mr CB - remember, he's ‘hardcore’ and we're just ‘pussyfooters’.