Shill-I-shall-I
Shill-I-shall-I Shill"-I-shall`-I, Shilly-shally Shil"ly-shal`ly, adv. [A reduplication of shall I.] In an irresolute, undecided, or hesitating manner. [1913 Webster]

I am somewhat dainty in making a resolution, because when I make it, I keep it; I don't stand shill-I-shall-I then; if I say 't, I'll do 't. --Congreve. [1913 Webster]


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  • Shilly-shally — Shill I shall I Shill I shall I, Shilly shally Shil ly shal ly, adv. [A reduplication of shall I.] In an irresolute, undecided, or hesitating manner. [1913 Webster] I am somewhat dainty in making a resolution, because when I make it, I keep it; I …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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