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namby-pamby

1. Overly sentimental, maudlin, or effeminate. Said almost exclusively of a man. You say you don't want some aggressive alpha male, but then you dismiss more sensitive, intellectual guys as being too namby-pamby—make up your mind! My father always looked down on the guys I dated in college as "namby-pamby boys" because they were usually pretty soft-spoken and didn't play any sports.
2. Weak, ineffectual, or spineless; lacking determination, vigor, and decisiveness. His election to office has lauded by his supporters as a rejection of the namby-pamby politics of his predecessor. We can't be namby-pamby about how to operate the business—if we're going to survive, we have to make tough choices right away.

namby-pamby

(ˈnæmbiˈpæmbi)
mod. overly nice; effeminate and weak, when said of a male. Fred is too namby-pamby when it comes to making up his mind.
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Vice-Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Anthony Bagnall, said: "I don't believe that we are turning out namby-pambies.
A MOUNTAIN of abuse has been heaped on the Chelsea Six, who refused to set foot in Israel despite assurances about their safety, They have been variously described as cowards, deserters, mummy's boys and namby-pambies.