send (a) mixed signal(s)

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send (a) mixed signal(s)

To communicate something that has, or seems to have, multiple, ambiguous, or contradictory meanings. My ex-girlfriend has accused me of sending mixed signals about our relationship, as if I'm hinting I want to get back together with her. I just think it sends something of a mixed signal to be advertising a new production assistant position right after we went through a round of layoffs.
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If you send mixed signals to (President Vladimir) Putin, for example that we contemplate an idea to lift sanctions.
IN THEIR effort to appear caring and sensitive to people's needs, politicians regularly send mixed signals with regard to respect for the law.
The US continues to send mixed signals over its missile defence system in Europe.
Overall, the results were expected but send mixed signals.
the company formerly known as America Online, continues to send mixed signals about its strategy for penetrating local markets.
But techies beware: relying too much on technology can send mixed signals and even sabotage intimacy.
The OECD supported Japan's monetary policy, noting that while different indicators of underlying inflation send mixed signals, deteriorating business sentiment and the need for a buffer against the risk of deflating argue for keeping the policy ''on hold.
We can't succeed if we send mixed signals through bargains for temporary and local peace while the rest of us contend with the consequences of such deals," Indian Ambassador to UN Nirupam Sen told the Security Council at its special meeting on Afghanistan.
Analysts said today's release of the Bank of England's quarterly inflation report would help to set the agenda for traders, but its content could send mixed signals for UK stocks.
Analysts said tomorrow's release of the Bank of England's quarterly inflation report would help to set the agenda for traders, but its content could send mixed signals for UK stocks.
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton wants to be a harmless PG-13 romantic comedy, but its exaggerated improbabilities send mixed signals.
The debate is a healthy part of developing good policy, but it also can send mixed signals to executives struggling with the question of where to build a new hospital.
And each of those projects -- regardless of whether it leads to hearings or legislation -- consumes considerable IRS resources and may send mixed signals to the agency and the public about the proper direction for tax administration.
But Holden said studying the running of Metrolink commuter trains on existing rail right of way along the Burbank-Chandler route could send mixed signals to the MTA a day after the council approved an agreement with the agency.
While acknowledging the need for substantial change, B-school deans say the disparities between the supply and demand for their product are also partly the fault of CEOs, who often send mixed signals to campuses.