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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.
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Harrison said: Pablo "sends mixed messages to the girls and they find it very confusing.
Summary: Western policymakers focused on Syria should drop their mixed messages and revise their view of both the United Nations and the role of sectarianism, according to a report on the crisis by Chatham House.
Ms Creagh said yesterday: "It is time for blundering ministers to stop sending mixed messages and speed up Food Standards Agency tests.
MIXED messages from the Government on renewable energy are beginning to confuse both business and the public, a Stratford lawyer has warned.
A red flag, NF flag or pirate flag would send out mixed messages to a public already mistrusting of police impartiality.
The various announcements and mixed messages coming from Michael Gove about who can and cannot apply for academy status is both bewildering and of great concern.
Add to this the regional business bodies like the CBI, EEF, FSB and the IoD and you get a recipe for mixed messages and, potentially, confusion in what we are saying as a city.
THE Assembly Government has been accused of sending mixed messages about dementia following the threatened closure of a Cardiff service.
McGlone added: "This could be a way of ensuring mixed messages don't go to the brain when it is in use as a functional tool.
Conservative economy spokesman David Melding said: "I am extremely concerned at the mixed messages being sent out by the governments in Westminster and Cardiff about the challenges we face.
MIXED messages from Jason Donovan as probing Piers Morgan grilled him about his chequered past.
MIXED messages are coming from Real Madrid as just hours after coach Bernd Schuster urged the club to "pay what is necessary" to take Ronaldo to the Spanish capital, president Ramon Calderon stressed they would not "interfere or create any problems" for Manchester United.
From how to identify with a dog and communicate to understanding dog habits and non-verbal messages, chapters survey mixed messages and how human/dog communications can be improved from Day One.
Opposition Labour councillors in the city have hit out at the ruling Liberal Democrats for sending out mixed messages on the future of the Newcastle General Hospital site.
There are three main reasons for teenage pregnancy rates being so high in the UK: low expectations, ignorance and mixed messages about sex