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Indecision

Buridan’s
ass unable to decide between two haystacks, he would starve to death. [Fr. Philos.: Brewer Dictionary, 154]
Cooke, Ebenezer
his irresolution usually leads to catatonia. [Am. Lit.: The Sot-Weed Factor]
Graduate, the
college man with absolutely no direction. [Am. Lit.: The Graduate]
Hamlet
Tragic hero who tarries and broods over revenge and suicide. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
Libra
7th constellation of the Zodiac; those born under Libra may be indecisive. [Astrology: Payton, 389]
Panurge
unable to decide whether to marry, he consults many people and undertakes a long voyage to visit an oracle. [Fr. Lit.: Rabelais Gargantua and Pantagruel]
Penelope
put off a decision on which suitor to marry by secretly unraveling the shroud she said she must first complete. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
Theramenes
shilly-shallying oligarch; nicknamed Cothurnus, i.e., ambipedal boot. [Gk. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 960]
Waiting for Godot
tramps are torn between waiting for Godot to solve their problems and hanging themselves. [Anglo-French Drama: Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot in Magill III, 1113]
Whiffle, Peter
would-be writer, cursed with indecision, accomplishes nothing. [Am. Lit.: Peter Whiffle, Magill I, 739–741]
hung jury
cannot decide guilt or innocence. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
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It may also be noted that the level of indecision toward the latter's quarterly performance increased both at the national level and in Class D (+7 and +10 percentage points, respectively).
In "The Indecision Amalgamation," Raj gets a second chance, as Emily accepts his offer to go on a date.
Both anxiety and compromised self-esteem have been identified as related to PIU (Armstrong, Phillips, & Saling, 2000; Caplan, 2002) as well as career indecision (Feldman, 2003; Guay, Senecal, Gauthier, & Fernet, 2003; Saka & Gati, 2007).
Literary criticism, then, should approach literature with "radical indecision." He seeks to show how Roland Barthes, Maurice Blanchot, and Jacques Derrida each engaged in sustained engagement with this demand and necessity of indecision and how their affirmation of indecision is not a negation but is instead an affirmative response to the singular writing of Others.
And he reckons Capello's indecision over his goalkeepers must have been a factor in de-stabilising England's campaign.
PLANS to plug a looming gap in provision for elderly people in a rural Northumberland town are under threat because of indecision over the future of seven day care centres.
The purpose of the present study is to determine the relationship between career indecision and anxiety in college students.
The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) said the market suffered from a combination of the Government's indecision over stamp duty, the economic gloom and the traditional holiday slowdown during the month.
Then they have left many companies "in limbo" for months as Alistair Darling has "dillied and dallied" with his damaging indecision.
Due to local pressures and political indecision, the carrier also continues to operate out of both Malpensa and Rome's Fiumicino Airport.
"beirut's exciting as having gas // and it's the most exciting city // in the most exciting country // in the middle east // if not for cars we'd be // televisually comatose // we live so between the two // reality isn't real enough // peace not peace enough // to make struggle fun // all we need is one foot // on land, one in a boat // the indecision splitting us
Their bespectacled leader, who makes a fleeting pre-boarding phone call to bid farewell to a loved one, is allowed a few moments of human indecision, and it apparently falls to a more eager subordinate to begin the assault, in which a flight attendant and a first-class passenger are butchered.