to act indecisively, to waste time


to act indecisively, to waste time


Example Sentences:

Ramayana:  Once Dasharatha got the inspiration to pass the throne onto Rama, he didn’t shilly-shally but immediately began the process for succession.

Mahabharata:  After Pandu’s untimely demise, the sages in the Himalayas urged Kunti not to shilly-shally but to promptly return to the kingdom of Hastinapura.

Bhagavad-gita:  At the start of the Kurukshetra war, when Arjuna put aside his bow, he wasn’t merely shilly-shallying; he was afflicted by a profound ethical and existential crisis.

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    Charu Patankar

    A lazy and careless boy was Jack,
    He would not work, and he would not play;
    And so poor, that the jacket on his back
    Hung in a ragged fringe alway;
    But ’twas shilly-shally, dilly-dally,
    From day to day.
    “Jack And The Bean-Stalk” by Clara Doty Bates

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    Chaitanya Charan Das

    Beautiful – poetry has its own literary charm, and sharing apt sentences from a poem is a rich addition to the comments here. Thanks a lot.

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