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pussyfoot (around)

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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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.
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pussyfoot

verb
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Politicians pussyfoot around for fear of saying the wrong thing, leaving an open door for Griffin to goosestep through.
With Bush and Blair in office, world peace is guaranteed because they will not pussyfoot around when it comes to dealing with tin pot dictators.
Our politicians pussyfoot around trying to tidy up the criminals worst efforts.
"You need to get hold of them, you don't pussyfoot around them.
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.
This has got to be a turning point in today's tolerant society.We can no longer pussyfoot around and have the law in favour of the criminal instead of the public.
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.
But there's no point in doing it if he's going to pussyfoot and not take real action.
I am fat I don't pussyfoot around, calling myself 'obese' or 'plump'.
Second Division side Ourense didn't pussyfoot about in signing Portuguese midfielder Quim Duarte.
Mee..oww, that hurt, you're only meant to pussyfoot around
He whispered; "*** it; let her have the tomatoes" and we pussyfooted away to have a nightcap and a lot of laughs.
Since we've been together, he and his family have pussyfooted around her because they're so afraid of upsetting her.
"I have pussyfooted around with some of them because they are here and you need to get the best out of them.