pussyfoot


pussyfoot
/poos"ee foot'/, v., n., pl. pussyfoots.
v.i.
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.
n.
3. a person with a catlike, or soft and stealthy, tread.
4. Chiefly Brit. a teetotaler or prohibitionist.
[1890-95, Amer.; PUSSY1 + FOOT]
Syn. 2. hedge, dodge, sidestep, straddle.

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