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pussyfoot around

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.
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pussyfoot (around)

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.
See also: around, pussyfoot


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Our politicians pussyfoot around trying to tidy up the criminals worst efforts.
We can no longer pussyfoot around and have the law in favour of the criminal instead of the public.
No matter which side of the issue one comes down on, the Florida Supremes didn't pussyfoot around.
All the judges seem to do is pussyfoot around, slapping wrists and telling these low lifes that they must be good boys in the future.
Don't pussyfoot come Budget time with the odd pence on beer and a couple more on spirits - double or even treble the duty.
So lets not pussyfoot around and go for a ban on smoking everywhere with the exception of your own home where it affects only yourselves or your very young children who have no say in the matter but will probably follow your addictive behaviour when they become old enough to strike a light.
I am fat I don't pussyfoot around, calling myself 'obese' or 'plump'.
a disk jockey and remixer with his own independent label, Pussyfoot, is fluent in subgenres from acid jazz to trip-hop to techno to drum-and-bass to lounge.
But there's no point in doing it if he's going to pussyfoot and not take real action.
Second Division side Ourense didn't pussyfoot about in signing Portuguese midfielder Quim Duarte.
It is in no one's interest - not consumers and not farmers - to pussyfoot about applying food safety standards.
Only the British do that so we must pussyfoot around to try to please them in every possible way.
We could pussyfoot about this for another 12 months.
As pleasant as is the prospect of our seeing them thus humiliated, you and I know that Britain pussyfoots round its criminals, bedevilled by human rights legislation which has made us a laughing stock.