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vacillate


She was determined and did not vacillate in the least.
  to change one’s mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

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to sway back and forth
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  • She was determined and did not vacillate in the least.
  • the line on the monitor vacillated
  • I know of nothing to make me vacillate.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • When the relations of a couple are vacillating and neither one thing nor the other, no sort of enterprise can be undertaken.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina

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  • The poor woman was very vacillating in her repentance.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • And back home, the media were vacillating between dead and missing, whichever made the best story on the day, I guess.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • asked the landlord, vacillating weakly.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The vacillation between the various plans that were proposed had even increased after the Emperor had been at headquarters for a month.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I began a process of vacillating between music and writing that would take eight years to complete before I realized I could work successfully as a writer and musician.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • ...she vacillated between the certainty that he still loved her and the hopelessness of their situation.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song

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  • I find it difficult to look at him, vacillating as I do from feeling the deepest empathy for his mortification to being barely able not to laugh.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • From the near vision of that certainty he fell back on suspense and vacillation with a sense of repose.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • As soon as Major Danby began to cry, Colonel Moodus, who had been vacillating wretchedly on the sidelines, could restrain himself no longer and stepped out diffidently toward General Dreedle with a sickly air of self-sacrifice.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It is not true, as Akhilleus charges, that Agamemnon shirks battle; he can fight well, but is subject to repeated moods of doubt and vacillation.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The younger boy was quicker, but vacillating.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • I do not think that even I could produce any effect on a character that according to his own brother’s admission is irretrievably weak and vacillating.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • ...and there was so much vacillation as to whether their loyalties lay here or over there that they ended up mired in a...
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • And so long as we vacillate, so long will we pay dearly for the dubious pleasure of not having to make up our minds.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Two people were involved-the real murderer, cunning, resourceful and calculating-and the pseudo murderer, stupid, vacillating and suggestible.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • But, under the real circumstances of the case, if we are to suppose gold the motive of this outrage, we must also imagine the perpetrator so vacillating an idiot as to have abandoned his gold and his motive together.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • I had been vacillating during the last month between Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • Moody vacillated sometimes asserting his physical dominance, but at other’ times attempting to win me over with kindness.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • the dollar had fallen, gold risen; strikes had crippled, and governments had vacillated between action and paralysis.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • And he was distressed that in a situation where a real man would instantly have known how to act, he was vacillating
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • I have definitely vacillated about scoring again.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • She’d decided on it, rejected it, and generally vacillated until she’d disgusted herself.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • He vacillates, halfheartedly initiates, and then draws back and regroups.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Oh, it must have been the young man, certainly, for he was strong and industrious, while the abbe was aged and weak; besides, his mind was too vacillating to allow him to carry out an idea.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It was no simple girl made with a little of our earth, and dimly lighted within by the vacillating ray of a woman’s soul.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • There was no feminine vacillation, no coyness of obvious desire and intention to succumb at last.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Don’t you think it is high time we stirred a little life into all this slackness and vacillation and cowardice?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • From The Shadow Exploded (p.132): The White Commission’s stand on the trigger of the whole affair-two buckets of pig blood on a beam over the stage seems to be overly weak and vacillating, even in light of the scant concrete proof.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Her resolve, however, had been taken, and it seemed vacillating even to childishness to abandon it now, unless for graver reasons.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Hearing these decisive and terrible words, Lady Macbeth, who had been waiting for a sign of weakness or vacillation on the part of her son-in-law, rose and, with a scared look, left the library.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I know of nothing to make me vacillate.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • But this waiting—evasion—and so like Clyde, his vacillating, indefinite, uncertain mood, always.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • He vacillated between panic and intoxication.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Hist then conveyed the ideas of Hetty, in the best manner she could, to the attentive Indians, who heard her words with some such surprise as an American of our own times would be apt to betray at a suggestion that the great modern but vacillating ruler of things human, public opinion, might be wrong.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Mrs. Peniston’s rare entertainments were preceded by days of heart-rending vacillation as to every detail of the feast, from the seating of the guests to the pattern of the table-cloth, and in the course of one of these preliminary discussions she had imprudently suggested to her cousin Grace that, as the dinner was a family affair, she might be included in it.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Yet hitherto our star has been a vacillating and wavering star?
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • He would not be vacillating again—he WOULD do what he had meant to do, this time.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • It does not mean vacillating at all.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • In these days Shade Buckheath vacillated from the suppliant attitude to the threatening.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • She knew she’d surprised him, could feel him vacillating between anger and confusion.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • Nothing she owed, however, or tried to instil into her vacillating mind, quite did away with that insidious suspicion.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • His manner vacillated between hostility and a craven sort of fawning-like a stud mongrel that has been kicked too often.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • He disliked the appearance of vacillation, too; and then he had a profound respect for his kinsman’s seamanship.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • As time flew by he excused his vacillation on the score that winter was not a good time to try to cross the desert.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • How many of these vacillating shoppers and tired shop-assistants realised that it was a divine event that drew them together?
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • He honestly mistook his sensuality for romantic emotion, his vacillation for the artistic temperament, and his idleness for philosophic calm.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
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