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To behave in an overly cautious, timid, or non-committal manner. He had a chance to take over the business for himself if he hadn't kept pussyfooting around. All this pussyfooting is going to cost us our chance at closing the deal.
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Fig. to go about timidly and cautiously. (Alludes to a cat walking carefully.) Stop pussyfooting around! Get on with it! I wish that they would not pussyfoot around when there are tough decisions to be made.
in. to behave in a very cautious manner; to (metaphorically) tread softly; to hedge or equivocate. Come on and say what you mean! Stop pussyfooting.
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