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blow hot and cold

To vacillate between two opposing or starkly different states, opinions, or behaviors. A: "So, how are things going between you and Mallory?" B: "Hard to tell. She blows hot and cold one day to the next, so I can never tell how she really feels!" The boss has been blowing hot and cold about whether or not we're going through with this project. I wish she would just make a decision.
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blow hot and cold

Fig. to be changeable or uncertain (about something). He keeps blowing hot and cold on the question of moving to the country. He blows hot and cold about this. I wish he'd make up his mind.
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blow hot and cold

Change one's mind, vacillate, as in Jean's been blowing hot and cold about taking a winter vacation. This expression comes from Aesop's fable (c. 570 b.c.) about a man eating with a satyr on a winter day. At first the man blew on his hands to warm them and then blew on his soup to cool it. The satyr thereupon renounced the man's friendship because he blew hot and cold out of the same mouth. The expression was repeated by many writers, most often signifying a person who could not be relied on. William Chillingworth put it: "These men can blow hot and cold out of the same mouth to serve several purposes" ( The Religion of Protestants, 1638).
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blow hot and cold

If someone blows hot and cold, they sometimes seem enthusiastic or interested about something, and sometimes they do not. He's blowing hot and cold on whether or not to take the job. The government has been blowing hot and cold on the talks. Note: In British English, you can also say that someone is blowing hot to mean that they are enthusiastic about something. He was blowing hot about Kieren Fallon's new horse. Note: This expression is often used to show disapproval.
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blow hot and cold

To change one's opinion often on a matter; vacillate.
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