namby-pamby


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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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Frank thought I was a namby-pamby Westminster scribbler getting carried away under fire - I'm not sure the tough squaddies belly-down avoiding bombs next to me in the desert thought we were namby pambies.
SOFTIE parents regret not seeing enough of their kids when they are young, according to the latest namby-pamby report.
This will get worse - good" Actor James Purefoy, pictured, on ageing "Women want to be sexy and wear those crazy high heels and low-cut dresses and yet if someone responds to this display they end up in court" Baroness (Joan) Bakewell "These organised gangs of at worst intimidating and at the very best just plain annoying individuals are murdering the reputations of once great and worthy charities in a stream of dire, transparent and desperate chat-up lines" Broadcaster Chris Evans on charity muggers or "chuggers" "This ban is of a piece with the namby-pamby risk-averse, mollycoddled, air-bagged approach that is doing so much economic damage to Britain" London Mayor Boris Johnson on the new ban on swimming in the River Thames
James; 3 Eyes Down; 4 The hands and feet; 5 Spades and hearts; 6 Brazil; 7 The Independent; 8 Milan; 9 Microwaves; 10 Namby-pamby.
This namby-pamby state is far too lenient with them with their TV and games room; they are more like plush hotels than prison.
This is no namby-pamby pretend off-roader that in reality is only good for road riding, like so many other 'dual-purpose' machines turn out to be.
Thank God, our fathers were made of sterner stuff than the namby-pamby cowards afoot today.
We are past caring about the lukewarm and namby-pamby equivocating of the DNC.
But for some reason, portraying Jesus as a namby-pamby frat-boy-guru is fine.
In rugby, the wizards of Oz looked more like a bunch of namby-pamby circus clowns as they trailed in last in the Tri-Nations series.
In This Present Darkness, Satan's minions set up shop in the psychology department of the local liberal arts college; the New Age cult is led by a professor who preys on intellectually curious students and by the minister of a namby-pamby Protestant church who preaches moral relativism.
It's not much of a secret that we have a general disdain for namby-pamby beers.
OLD skool rockers Anthrax easily showed up namby-pamby nu-metal bands like Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit for the impostors they really are.
But for early-'80s Hollywood, this melodrama about a married man leaving his wife for another man was quite bold, even if it plays namby-pamby today.