pussyfoot around

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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But what I find hard to get my head around is that if this is an NHS initiative, why do they have to pussyfoot around trying to get their own trusts and wheelchair services to sign up to their own charter?
The voters were telling David Cameron and Ed Miliband they cannot pussyfoot around with immigration any longer.
We'll be training on Monday night so I'm not hiding the fact that I'm not going to pussyfoot around the issue.
Paul cannot change the way he plays, so we wouldn't be asking him to pussyfoot around, to not get the yellow.
But I'm not sitting in the dressing room telling them not to tackle, to pussyfoot around, telling them to misplace passes.
Following mounting speculation surrounding the nature of her relationship with Demi Moore's hubby, Rihanna was in no mood to pussyfoot around.
DAVID GARDNER, Newcastle MAM Your parking skills are pretty bad, You sometimes shout and bawl at dad, You never pussyfoot around, Opinionated, always loud When boys were mean, you let me cry And joined me in my desperate sigh I flew the nest and now I know How hard it was to let me go Now I've children of my own, I see the need to let them roam.
If you pussyfoot around them they will murder you - and that is something I don't want to happen.
There's huge public awareness of this issue--and customers are much more open to change than they are being given credit for by other food retailers, who, although they have made serious inroads in the past three years, are continuing to pussyfoot around the real issue.
Let's not pussyfoot around, this is murder of the innocents.
The Church can continue to pussyfoot around with Jews and others who are unwilling to budge on the issue, or it can seize the moment of its own convictions and proceed in confidence with Pope Pius XII's beatification.
Sometimes we pussyfoot around but life is what it is.
IT'S been a week for obvious questions and plainly predictable responses as journalists pussyfoot around Steve McClaren's future.
Rachman doesn't pussyfoot around that inarguable fact; most of the concert footage in the film was shot with early consumer video technology and poor sound.