AskDefine | Define pussyfoot

Dictionary Definition

pussyfoot v : to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house" [syn: sneak, mouse, creep, steal]

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English

Etymology

Pronunciation

  • a UK /ˈpʊs.iˌfʊt/, /"pUs.i%fUt/

Verb

  1. To move silently, stealthily, or furtively.
  2. To act timidly or cautiously.
    • 2004, Jeph Jacques, Fripp and Eno
      — So are you going to practice what you’re preaching and stop pussyfooting around with Faye?
      — Hey, I’m 0 for 1 when it comes to practicing what I preach. These feet stay pussied for the time being.
  3. To use euphemistic language.

Translations

move silently
  • Dutch: sluipen, trippelen
act timidly
  • Dutch: treuzelen
use euphemistic language
  • Dutch: schoonspreken

Extensive Definition

''This article is about a British recording act. For the Warner Bros. cartoon character see Marc Antony and Pussyfoot. Pussyfoot is also the name of a non-alcoholic cocktail.
Pussyfoot was the name of a British recording act of the late 1970s.
The act consisted of former The Mixtures member, songwriter, producer and musician Mick Flinn, and vocalist Donna Jones. Flinn remained behind the scenes, and Jones was marketed as a solo artist. In 1975 they recorded a disco song The Way That You Do It, and first attracted public attention when the song's suggestive lyrics caused it to be banned by the BBC. In Australia, the television show Countdown began playing the video clip, and exploited the British ban on playing the song. Over several months, Jones became a sensation and a sex symbol. The song was released as a single by EMI Records and spent eight weeks at number one on the singles chart from December 1976. A second disco single Ooh Ja Ja also reached the Australian top 10, but the success of the act was shortlived. Jones and Flinn continued to record together for the remainder of the decade, but were never able to duplicate their success, nor break through in any of the world's major record markets, although one song Dancer Dance reached number three on the British club charts.
Donna Jones joined The New Seekers in 1979. In 1980 she fronted a mainly female band (with Mick Flinn on bass) that adopted her previous stage name Pussyfoot, and the group entered the A Song for Europe contest, a preamble to the Eurovision Song Contest. Pussyfoot came fourth in the contest, with media commentators speculating after the event that Jones was, once again, too raunchy for British tastes. She returned to The New Seekers in late 1980.

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Synonyms, Antonyms 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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