pussyfoot

pussyfoot

[poos-ee-foot]
verb (used without object)
1.
to go or move in a stealthy or cautious manner.
2.
to act cautiously or timidly, as if afraid to commit oneself on a point at issue.
noun, plural pussyfoots.
3.
a person with a catlike, or soft and stealthy, tread.
4.
Chiefly British. a teetotaler or prohibitionist.

Origin:
1890–95, Americanism; pussy1 + foot


2. hedge, dodge, sidestep, straddle.
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pussyfoot (ˈpʊsɪˌfʊt)
 
vb
1.  to move about stealthily or warily like a cat
2.  to avoid committing oneself
 
n , -foots
3.  a person who pussyfoots

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pussyfoot (around) definition


  1. 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.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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