backing and filling

backing and filling

  (American)
continuously changing or delaying a decision After much backing and filling she finally agreed to hand over the company's books.
See also: and, filling
References in classic literature ?
In Germany there has been the same burden of bureaucracy, but less backing and filling.
I have seen the boy before,” said Benjamin, who wanted little encouragement to speak; “he has been backing and filling in the wake of Natty Bumppo, through the mountains, after deer, like a Dutch long- boat in tow of an Albany sloop.
I have my vices, Bunny, but backing and filling is not one of them.