|beat around the bush||This expression is used to tell someone to say what they have to say, clearly and directly, even if it is unpleasant.|
Stop beating around the bush. Just tell me what has been decided!
|blow hot and cold||If you blow hot and cold about something, you constantly change your opinion about it.|
The boss keeps blowing hot and cold about the marketing campaign – one day he finds it excellent, the next day he wants to make changes.
|chop and change||If you chop and change, you constantly change your opinion, plans or methods and often cause confusion.|
Don’t chop and change all the time – just make up your mind!
|cough up||If you have to cough up something, such as money or information, you give it reluctantly or unwillingly.|
He refused to say who attacked him until his father made him cough up the names.
|drag one’s feet||If you drag your feet, you delay a decision or participate without any real enthusiasm.|
The government is dragging its feet on measures to reduce pollution.
|get cold feet||If you get cold feet about something, you begin to hesitate about doing it; you are no longer sure whether you want to do it or not.|
I wanted to enter the competition but at the last minute I got cold feet.
|on the fence||When faced with a choice, a person who is on the fence has not yet reached a decision.|
The candidates have such similar ideas that many electors are still on the fence.
|half a mind||If you have half a mind to do something, you are thinking seriously about it but have not yet reached a decision.|
I’ve half a mind to start up my own business but first I need some advice.
|hem and haw||When someone hems and haws, they are very evasive and avoid giving a clear answer.|
Bobby hemmed and hawed when his parents asked him where had spent the night.
|jury is still out||To say that the jury is still out means that something is under consideration but no decision has been reached yet.|
The jury is still out as concerns the location of the new station.
|left hanging in the air||If a problem or issue is left hanging in the air (or in mid-air), no decision has been taken so it remains without a solution.|
No solution was proposed during the meeting so the question was left hanging in the air.
|prod someone into doing||If you prod someone into doing something, you make a hesitant person do something that they are reluctant to do.|
She was ideal for the job, but I had to prod her into applying for the position.
|put out feelers||Before doing something, if you try to discover what other people thnk about it by making discreet enquiries, you put out feelers.|
The politician put out feelers to test public reaction to his proposals.
|remains to be seen||If something is still unkown or a decision has not yet been taken, itremains to be seen.|
The construction of a new hospital has been voted, but the exact location remains to be seen.
|in a quandary||If you are in a quandary, you find it difficult to decide what to do.|
The job offered is less interesting but better paid. I’m in a quandary about what to do.
|shilly-shally||If you shilly-shally, you hesitate a lot about something and have difficulty reaching a decision.|
Come on! Don’t shilly-shally – just make up your mind!
|sleep on it||If you take time (until the next day) to think something over before making a decision, you sleep on it.|
I suggest you sleep on it. You can give me your decision tomorrow.
|toing and froing||Someone who is toing and froing is either repeatedly going from one place to another and coming back, or is constantly changing their mind about something.|
After months of toing and froing, a compromise was reached between the two parties.
|in two minds||If you are in two minds about something, you have difficulty deciding what to do.|
I’m in two minds about whether or not to accept the offer.
|up in the air||If something, such as a plan or decision, is up in the air, it has not been decided or settled yet.|
I can’t give you a definite answer yet; the project is still up in the air.