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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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We remember the mealymouthed words when even Cameron was saying we will not leave Iraq until we've trained up its forces and Iraq can look after itself.
Even her so-called apology to Parliament was just a mealymouthed statement.
The demise of England's most gifted batsman in a lifetime was confirmed in a statement of mealymouthed, corporate twaddle released by Lord's at 6.
There was no mitigation, no mealymouthed excuse about fatigue or not getting the rub of the green.
There's 650 odd of these mealymouthed, expenses-driven, expensively educated and over-stuffed politicians representing us and for my vote that's 650 too many.
And the SFA later sent a mealymouthed email to fans saying "no income is generated back to the association as a result of telephone charges".
Part of the problem of the game in Britain is that it is mealymouthed.
It was also to be expected, after this increase in hate crimes, that both the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner would come up with their mealymouthed platitudes of "we will monitor the situation closely".
Ms McKinnell's comments drew the ire of Conservative MP Stewart Jackson, who retorted: "What we had is a mischievous, disingenuous, mealymouthed, patronising, lefty drivel of a speech.
And while his target of winning the World Cup by 2022 was subject to ridicule, it also made a refreshing change from Sir Trevor Brooking's mealymouthed promise that his grassroots changes might have an effect in a generation or two.
And the revelation of the Conservative Party''s mealymouthed co-treasurer, the ill-advised, immature and deluded Peter Cruddas, acting like a bordello pimp by offering entrance, hospitality and influence on a sliding scale of charges, has caused the nation to collectively choke on the gall of such misguided political judgement.
For all the local authorities electorate it is surely obvious that we need to elect nonpolitical orientated mayors, who are prepared to say it as it is rather than the mealymouthed response from biased politically minded council leaders.
Those who are being persecuted, tortured, raped, murdered and deliberately starved will find little recognition in these mealymouthed words,' he said.
Smart turns in a mealymouthed romcom that risks being a bitter pill.
And he blew his top yesterday when he discovered showdown talks between Smith and Burley had resulted in nothing more serious than the release of a mealymouthed statement and promise of a strict new code of conduct to keep Scotland's players in line in the future.