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pussyfoot

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Pronunciation: /ˈpʊsɪfʊt
 
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Definition of pussyfoot in English:

verb

[no object, with adverbial]
1Act in a cautious or non-committal way: I realized I could no longer pussyfoot around
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
1.1Move stealthily or warily: they make a great show of pussyfooting through the greenery
More 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.
Synonyms
creep, move stealthily, tiptoe, pad, soft-shoe, steal, sneak, nose, sidle, stalk, prowl, slink, skulk, tread warily

Derivatives

pussyfooter

1
noun
Example sentences
  • 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’.

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