mealy-mouthed

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mealy-mouthed

Hesitant or unwilling to state something bluntly and directly when speaking, especially facts or opinions that are considered divisive or controversial. Everyone keeps having these mealy-mouthed conversations about crime in poor areas of the city, unwilling to talk about the scumbags who are to blame.
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Fairholme, glad of an opportunity to show that he was no mealy mouthed parson, declared, when applied to, that Smilash was the greatest rogue in the country.
We haven't got just a slightly mealy mouthed moratorium, we haven't got people who have just come to a ban late in the day.
We now know it's not our mealy mouthed spineless government either.
So really he got away with this abominable cruelty and the RSPCA Inspector was no better when he came out with a load of mealy mouthed waffle, saying: "I am glad the court has recognised the serious nature of this offence and sent out a clear message that pet owners have a duty of care to protect their animals".
As mealy mouthed politicians around the world come out with their pathetic, well-balanced condemnation of the violence on both sides, people ask: "What can we do?
I'd bet my paycheck such a politician is also pro-abortion (human slaughter) and mealy mouthed on the gay marriage issue.
The first because there is no room to fail as we formulate plans for future education provision, because the only losers will be future generations of our children and not the mealy mouthed politicians who would rather snipe at each other than look for the best possible solutions available.
I am grumpy because I am really, really sick of dishonest, self-dealing, mealy mouthed politicians and their hangers on who are slowly bit by bit bringing this country down.
By which I mean calling a spade a spade, instead of making mealy mouthed excuses for incompetent (and worse) jockeys.
The Democrat leadership statewide and nationally must cast aside the mealy mouthed psuedo-policy statements conceived by political consultants and pollsters.
The research firm threw a party at a ritzy hotel to celebrate the new survey, but its mealy mouthed press release left out the burning question: Who won?
If your husband's too mealy mouthed to have a real go at her, then I think you have to do it - not, however, in front of your kids.
As one who at an early stage assessed this man and watched weekly on TV his performance in the National Assembly, I can say this man is arrogant, mealy mouthed and a waffler.
When will the public wake up to the mealy mouthed platitudes, encouraging other people to risk their lives, churned out by our valiant leaders ?
LET'S not be mealy mouthed about this - they aren't building any "peace line" in Belfast, Instead, they are securing a war zone.