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Shilly Shally

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A corruption of “Will I, shall I,” or “Shall I, shall I.”

“There’s no delay, they neʹer stand shall I, shall I,

Hermogʹenes with Dalʹlila doth dally.”


Taylor’s Workes, iii. 3 (1630).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Shibboleth
Shield
Shield-of-Arms
Shield of Expectation (The)
Shields
Shi-ites
Shillelagh (pronounce she-lay-lah)
Shilling
Shilly Shally
Shimei
Shinar
Shindy
Shingebis
Ship (the device of Paris)
Ship Letters
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Ship of the Desert
Ships
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