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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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The festival will continue with significant participation of a Spanish band 'Radio Pesquera', and an Austrian band 'Namby Pamby Boy' scheduled to perform on November 5, followed by Swiss performers 'Simon Wyrsch Quartet' scheduled to perform on November 6, and finally, Polish performers 'Atom String Quartet' to conclude on November 7.
I know much of its gentle humour comes from this, but I still want to shake the namby pamby parents - while the whole show needs dragging out of its mild, inoffensive, middle class and Middle England comfort zone.
The prosecutor said he told police: "The other car was being all namby pamby and braking far too early for the roundabout so I rammed into him."
This namby pamby nanny state won't be happy until everyone is ticked, put in a labelled box, and charged accordingly.
I suppose now that we have had two great months of great sport from the Olympic Stadium we will have to watch the football on TV to see overpaid namby pamby football players fall over and claim they are badly injured.
On the way he reminisces about his time as a miner before getting out to become a singer - an ambition he was pilloried for as it was seen as "namby pamby" at the time, he says - catches up with childhood friends and even visits his old Ynysddu home.
It's good news because an M5 shouldn't have anything namby pamby like four-wheel drive.
"PS Let's not forget the Christmas bonus." Cynicalagedone added: "No doubt the namby pamby do-gooders will say their human rights are being infringed if they don't get their benefits but my feeling is that by being sent to prison after being found guilty of a crime, a person gives up any rights and entitlements that 'free' people share."
What we really need to know is which party will toughen our increasingly namby pamby criminal justice system and make sure crooks who belong behind bars actually serve their sentences.
Days of namby pamby approach to schooling need to be over.
Howson told Kirk magazine Life and Work: "I think the Church of Scotland is being a bit namby pamby.
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The Government was accused yesterday of being "prissy" and "namby pamby" after it told health trusts to avoid using the word "obese" when telling parents their child is overweight.