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get (a) mixed message(s)

To receive a signal, message, or communication that has, or seems to have, multiple, ambiguous, or contradictory meanings. I keep getting these mixed messages from my ex-girlfriend. I can't tell if she just wants to be friends, or if she's interested in getting back together. I've just been getting a mixed message from my boss lately about what he thinks of my performance so far.
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Children are getting mixed messages, adults push a message of responsibility or taking precautions while popular culture promotes another message.
At the moment I am getting mixed messages but if the business population doesn't want a BID to happen, it won't.
Young people, our most precious resource, are getting mixed messages from professional sports, taking dangerous shortcuts, and destroying their lives.
Hints are sought as the market is getting mixed messages from the plethora of economic data that flows out from the Government, think tanks and analysts alike.
I was getting mixed messages, so just in case he was interested in coming back I had to call him myself.
Mr Farrier said Knox was "utterly confused" because he was getting mixed messages and that Miss Elder was "toying" with him by sending him intimate photographs of herself.
Since consumers have been getting mixed messages from the media about dietary supplements, members of the nutrition industry are concerned that people may hesitate to heed this advice.
Mrs Williams also claims her daughter is getting mixed messages from officials.
Rose Hegan, head of Fitzalan's lower school, said: "We felt that children would be getting mixed messages from newspapers and conversations with friends.
IT managers scanning their systems with MBSA and HFNetCheck for security hotfixes and patches and downloading fixes via Microsoft Windows Update are getting mixed messages, leaving IT managers to wonder whether the systems they thought were safely patched are actually vulnerable.
The guy I was seeing has gone cold on me and I'm getting mixed messages.
This will be in everyone's best interests, as it will avoid your granddaughter getting mixed messages about her behaviour and also prevent conflict between you and her parents over her upbringing.
Sales director Richard Jones said: "We fully understand that people are nervous and getting mixed messages from the economy, but the variety and extent of incentives available to purchasers at the moment are as good as I have ever seen in the past 15 years.
We keep getting mixed messages saying he is registered and everything should be fine and then the ECB say he can't play.
When you sit down with people from the different bodies, you realise you are getting mixed messages, there is so much confusion and overlap.