pussyfoot

pussyfoot
puss|y|foot [ `pusi,fut ] verb intransitive INFORMAL
pussyfoot around to avoid saying or doing anything definite because you are nervous and do not know what to do

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • pussyfoot — [v] be cautious avoid, beat around the bush*, be noncommittal, creep, dodge, duck the issues, equivocate, evade, glide, hedge, hem and haw*, lurk, play it close to the vest*, prevaricate, prowl, shuffle, sidestep, sit on the fence*, skirt*, skulk …   New thesaurus

  • pussyfoot — ► VERB (pussyfoots, pussyfooting, pussyfooted) 1) act very cautiously. 2) move stealthily …   English terms dictionary

  • pussyfoot — ☆ pussyfoot [poos′ēfoot΄ ] vi. Informal 1. to move with stealth or caution, like a cat 2. to shy away from a definite commitment or from taking a firm stand pussyfooter n …   English World dictionary

  • Pussyfoot — This article is about a British recording act. For the Warner Bros. cartoon character see Marc Antony and Pussyfoot. Pussyfoot is also the name of a non alcoholic cocktail.Pussyfoot was the name of a British recording act of the late 1970s.The… …   Wikipedia

  • pussyfoot — pus|sy|foot [ˈpusifut] v [i]also pussyfoot around/about informal to be too careful and frightened to do something, such as making firm decisions or telling someone exactly what you think ▪ You can t pussyfoot around when it comes to keeping kids… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pussyfoot — UK [ˈpʊsɪˌfʊt] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms pussyfoot : present tense I/you/we/they pussyfoot he/she/it pussyfoots present participle pussyfooting past tense pussyfooted past participle pussyfooted informal to avoid saying or doing… …   English dictionary

  • pussyfoot — also pussyfoot around/about verb (I) informal to be too careful and frightened to do something, such as taking firm decisions or telling someone exactly what you think: Stop pussy footing around, and tell me what he said! …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pussyfoot — also pussyfoot around/about verb (I) informal to be too careful and frightened to do something, such as taking firm decisions or telling someone exactly what you think: Stop pussy footing around, and tell me what he said! …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pussyfoot — verb when the subject is the prosecution of abusive parents, we can t pussyfoot around Syn: equivocate, tergiversate, be evasive, be noncommittal, sidestep the issue, prevaricate, quibble, hedge, waffle, beat around the bush, hem and haw;… …   Thesaurus of popular words

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