mixed message


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mixed message

A signal, message, or communication that has, or is interpreted as having, multiple, ambiguous, or contradictory meanings. (Often plural.) 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 just think it sends something of a mixed message to be advertising a new production assistant position right after we went through a round of layoffs.
See also: message, mixed
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However, Richard Mullen gradually extricated Mixed Message and the pair ran on strongly to nail Dream Vale close home as the runner-up appeared to be done no favours by the jockeyless Grand Jipeck.
Mixed Message Media developer Paul Fisher created the site after reaching a point of email overload: "I love daily deals, but I'm not interested in all of them - cellulite reduction and eye lash tinting for example.
At that time when I heard what had happened, of course I was disappointed that it had come out as a mixed message, but in the end I was just going by what I was told by our hierarchy, that was the case with him," he was quoted, as saying.
Trouble is the unflinchingly lightweight backing, which positively defines the word twee, along with unabashed by-the-numbers fillers like single Love Can Move Mountains, ensures a mixed message.
If there's a mixed message out there about the sport of mixed-martial arts, it's that bludgeoning an opponent into the fetal position is OK because, before long, it'll be drawing bigger audiences than boxing or fake wrestling.
As a nation, we're sending kids a very mixed message.
Some adults are concerned that providing teens with information about abstinence and contraception sends a mixed message that encourages them to have sex, but most adults (51%) and more than two-thirds of teens (68%) disagree, according to a recent survey.
When a food that digests easily and quickly (such as fruit) stays in the stomach while other, heavier foods (such as grains and carbohydrates) finish their "cooking" process, a mixed message is sent to the internal organs, disrupting the digestive fire (or agni) and creating toxins (or ama).
The Tax Court's application of the economic-outlay rule to determine whether a taxpayer is entitled to increase his or her S stock basis sends a mixed message and is somewhat inconsistent with previous guidance.
27 remarks, however, Towey, who heads the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, gave the Washington gathering a mixed message about how the "partnership" between religion and government would work.
NEW YORK-Housing analysts were greeted with a mixed message last week, as the latest government data showed the sector heating up and cooling down.
When, in 1967, the catholic church of the man Rite instituted a program authorizing the ordination of married men to the diaconate, it sent a mixed message to the bishops, priests, religious, and lay members of the church.
Sears says the Arizona study imparts a mixed message.