The Kaiser, instead of taking strong measures at once, pursued his usual policy of shilly-shally.
shilly-shally, to trifle or fritter away time; to be irresolute.
There is no use in this shilly-shally way of yours, St. Clare!
Drapery it was, and quickly; for Mrs. Munsey was not wont to shilly-shally.
They are monopolists—severe monopolists; shilly-shally is one of their monopolies.
Strange that people will have so much faith in shilly-shally!
Perhaps, when it is over you will be sorry for your shilly-shally stand off—no, I won't say it.
He mustn't palter, or trifle, or shilly-shally about that iron certainty.
I'm not going to be stopped by any shilly-shally nonsense, when my future respectability, perhaps, is at stake.
They shilly-shally, they pick and choose, they discuss, they criticise.
: That summer he shilled for a sidewalk hawker (1914+)
[origin unknown; perhaps, since it is a shortening of shillaber, ultimately fr Shillibeer, the name of an early 1800s British owner of a large bus company, the reference being to persons hired as decoys to sit in buses and attract passengers]