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v,v phr

To be careful and hesitant; be evasive; tergiversate; beat around the bush: Please stop pussyfooting and get to the point

[1903+; fr the nickname of W E Johnson, given because of his catlike stealth as a law-enforcement officer in the Indian Territory (Oklahoma); Johnson became a famous advocate of Prohibition, and the term briefly meant ''prohibitionist'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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