mealy-mouthed


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mealy-mouthed

Hesitant or unwilling to state something bluntly and directly, 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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Now the new breed of timid bureaucrats have used every mealy-mouthed device to justify destroying the Clocaenog Forest in the pursue of bankrupt 'green' policies.
This and similar demonstrations across the country did more in one day to challenge the Government''s austerity agenda than months of mealy-mouthed criticisms by Labour politicians and union leaders.
Who is the mealy-mouthed do-gooder who legislates that this offender cannot be chased in case he sustains an injury?
And as for the mealy-mouthed explanation from chairman Roy MacGregor that it was done to "save the soul of the club"?
All the AU did was to issue mealy-mouthed words of condemnation.
Pratfalls, spit-takes and even a romantic triangle ensue, as well as one of the most mealy-mouthed messages ever: Change is good, but tradition is good, too.
It deserved better treatment than the mealy-mouthed response meted out yesterday by the city council's main scrutiny committee.
These were no mealy-mouthed regrets one so often hears from public figures who've stepped over some line, blandly lamenting any offence people may have somehow taken from innocently intended comments.
Fox's sitcom Married With Children debuted at the tail end of the period Jenkins treats, to unanimous condemnation from conservatives who viewed it as an assault on traditional values, but in hindsight, the Al Bundy type of working-class forgotten man, whose real enemies are mealy-mouthed elites from the blue states, appears to be the central actor in the social transformation Jenkins is discussing.
And it certainly wasn't a mealy-mouthed "agreement" you made before your Maker--whose name you have no compunction about taking in vain.
But did Higham's mealy-mouthed praise reflect the way the Beeb saw Bob?
Woodward's public defence of his skipper has been mealy-mouthed to put it mildly.
Contrast that with the mealy-mouthed views expressed by Clinton's press secretary, Joe Lockhart, who answered reporters' questions about the reunion of the largest chunks of the Standard Oil empire by explaining that President Clinton "believes that mergers that make us more globally competitive have a positive role to play.
After these first sessions, I felt incredibly mealy-mouthed and inarticulate.
As for art writers, there's hardly one on the dailies and Sundays who isn't mealy-mouthed, suspicious, or downright cynical.