send (a) mixed message(s)

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send (a) mixed message(s)

To communicate something that has, or seems to have, multiple, ambiguous, or contradictory meanings. My ex-girlfriend has accused me of sending mixed messages about our relationship, as if I'm hinting that I want to get back together with her. 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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These folk have pointedly accused the NCAA of being too cozy with Anheuser-Busch, which dumps in a good chunk of advertising dollars into the organization, thus sending a mixed message as colleges look to squash under-aged and binge drinking on campuses.