One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she hesitated, unsure of what to say’
pause, delay, hang back, wait, shilly-shally, dither, stall, temporize, be in two minds, be in a quandary, be in a dilemma, be on the horns of a dilemma
be uncertain, be hesitant, be unsure, be doubtful, be indecisive, equivocate, vacillate, oscillate, waver, have second thoughts
British haver, hum and haw
informal dilly-dally, blow hot and cold
be resolute, be certain
2‘please do not hesitate to contact me’
be reluctant, be unwilling, be disinclined, scruple
have misgivings about, have qualms about, be ambivalent about, feel uneasy about, shrink from, demur from, hang back from, think twice about, be diffident about, baulk at, boggle at
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