get (a) mixed message(s)

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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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We're still getting mixed messages about dietary cholesterol and whether we should be concerned about it.
Live football Sky Football, 8pm MANCHESTER UNITED manager Jose Mourinho is getting mixed messages as he prepares to take his team to Bristol City this evening, writes Graham Woods.
Asked about how his cat, El Gato, would fare if Mr Corbyn became prime minister, with Downing Street already having its fair share of feline pets, he said: "I've been asking El Gato about this and I've been getting mixed messages," he said.
Hannah explains, "Parents are totally getting mixed messages right now.
They are getting mixed messages depending where they go afterward.
Lachlan's getting mixed messages And when Lachlan's reply suggests that he might be about to admit something, Robert thinks he's finally got to the truth.
Getting mixed messages from credit and sales, depending on who is contacting the customer that day, is rarely, if ever, a good thing.
LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23) You're getting mixed messages so it's not surprising you're a bit confused.
Boro appear to be getting mixed messages from Elland Road.
I am still getting mixed messages from those who have sold, or been trying to sell, their properties over the past few months.
Indeed, the state of this union, 11 months in, is far from clear--and suppliers are getting mixed messages about priorities and key players.
If you walk into your bedroom and see a treadmill, computer, TV, telephone answering machine, or piles of anything other than pillows, your brain is getting mixed messages.
Egyptians are getting mixed messages from the single authority that holds all the reigns of power, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).
They are getting mixed messages from the media, family, friends, school, etc and those messages don't always correlate with what they see in the mirror.