stop pussy footing around

lhnjcwx

Member
Chinese
Hi, everyone

How do I understand "stop pussy footing around"? Does it mean "stop being cautiously" or "to be serious"?

Could anyone give an example?

Thanks
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    A pussy is a cat. Cats walk around carefully, lightly and quietly, not disturbing anything. Pussy-footing = walking like a cat, so "stop being over-cautious"

    Note you would be wrong to say, "stop being cautiously"

    The definition at Dictionary.com is good: to act cautiously or timidly, as if afraid to commit oneself on a point at issue.
     

    lhnjcwx

    Member
    Chinese
    A pussy is a cat. Cats walk around carefully, lightly and quietly, not disturbing anything. Pussy-footing = walking like a cat, so "stop being over-cautious"

    Note you would be wrong to say, "stop being cautiously"

    The definition at Dictionary.com is good: to act cautiously or timidly, as if afraid to commit oneself on a point at issue.


    Thanks for your clear explanation!
     

    natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Just to add that I would spell pussyfoot as one word, as does the WR Dictionary:

    pussyfoot/ˈpʊsifʊt/
    verb
    • 1 act in an excessively cautious or non-committal way.
    • 2 move stealthily.

    It might be a good idea to check it first - it's a rather good dictionary! :)

    Someone might say, 'Stop pussyfooting around me! I'm not an invalid.'
     
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