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get (a) mixed signal(s)

To receive a signal, message, or communication that has, or seems to have, multiple, ambiguous, or contradictory meanings. I keep getting these mixed signals 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 signal from my boss lately about what he thinks of my performance so far.
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When trying to get a handle on the economic activity, outlook and trends of the underground construction and rehabilitation industry, I keep getting mixed signals.
Some people are moving into safe-haven investments as they are getting mixed signals from the economy," George Gero, a vice president and precious-metals strategist at RBC Capital Markets in New York, said.
We are getting mixed signals from community colleges -- if we gave them the $20 million increase we gave them last year -- whether they would hold the tuition and fees,'' he said.
We're getting mixed signals from Fed officials and that's keeping investors sidelined," said Mark To, Hong Kong-based head of research at Wing Fung Financial Group.
It was an unfortunate event last Sunday in the fact that the referee was getting mixed signals.
IC SAYS: We're getting mixed signals from the Emirates, but they are at least three signings away from winning anything.
I'm trying to be sensible and treat him like a friend, but I keep getting mixed signals.
Under the Obama administration, "we have been getting mixed signals from State, the Pentagon and the CIA," the official said.
You're getting mixed signals from someone you like and it's making it hard for you to know what to say or do next.
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CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20) You''re getting mixed signals from someone you like and it''s making it hard for you to know what to say or do next.
You could be getting mixed signals about your professional situation.
If you've been getting mixed signals you should really take some steps to see what's going on.
With the second Ashes Test set to begin here on Friday, and Bollinger seems to be getting mixed signals from team coach Nielsen.