Synonyms and related words:
about the bush, around the bush, be careful, be cautious, beat about, beat around, beg the question, bicker, boggle, cavil, choplogic, couch, crawl, creep, dodge, duck, equivocate, evade, evade the issue, fence, glide, go on tiptoe, grovel, gumshoe, hedge, hem and haw, hesitate, hum and haw, inch, inch along, lay wait, lie in wait, lurk, make haste slowly, mystify, nightwalk, nitpick, obscure, pad, palter, parry, pick nits, prevaricate, prowl, pull away, pull back, put off, quibble, recoil, scrabble, scramble, shadow, sheer off, shift, shift off, shrink, shuffle, shy, shy away, shy off, sidestep, sidle, skulk, slide, slink, slip, snake, sneak, split hairs, stalk, steal, steal along, step aside, swerve, take it easy, tergiversate, think twice, tippytoe, tiptoe, walk on eggshells, ward off, weasel, worm, worm along

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  • pussyfoot — intransitive verb Date: 1903 1. to tread or move warily or stealthily 2. to refrain from committing oneself • pussyfooter noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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