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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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The LP, meanwhile, hit Duterte for sending mixed signals to the public regarding the issue, asking him to categorically state that he has no plan of forming a revolutionary government.
President Trump has played politics with the health care system by destabilizing this market, threatening to stop necessary payments to insurance companies, and sending mixed signals about the future of the individual mandate, all of which have led some insurers to limit or withdraw their offerings.
August 31 (ANI): The United States is sending mixed signals to Kim Jong-un with President Donald Trump saying that "talking is not the answer" when it comes to reining in North Korea - contradicting his Cabinet officials, who insist that Washington would continue to seek a diplomatic resolution to Pyongyang nuclear and ballistic missile programme.
The CBE might deliberately be sending mixed signals about the exchange rate throughout the upcoming months with the goal of confusing US dollar speculators in order to completely eliminate these kinds of speculations," the sources added.
com/articles/169205/Pentagon+Proposes+to+Store+Heavy+Weapons+in+Baltics%2C+Eastern+Europe">reports that the Pentagon was intending to deploy heavy equipment in the Baltics and Eastern Europe sparked controversy in Bulgaria, with the government sending mixed signals to the public as to whether the step had been coordinated with US allies.
The votes come as the governor has been accused of sending mixed signals to the markets.
Washington: A US economy still sending mixed signals on its strength should keep monetary policy locked in place when the Federal Reserve meets on Tuesday and Wednesday.
But Marquez insists that talks of a fifth fight is premature because he is in the thick of training for Alvarado although he has been sending mixed signals as of late.
The rebel spokesman accused the government of "lying" to IGAD over the detainees by sending mixed signals, and asserted that the rebel side was acting in good faith.
Kerry at a Crossroads on Syria -- Sending Mixed Signals What does Kerry really plan to do for Syria?
Jackie is dating the son of the president of the United States, but he keeps sending mixed signals about their relationship.
Summary: US housing starts fell in May although permits to build new homes rose to the highest in well over three years, sending mixed signals about the health of the housing market.
Mercury is sending mixed signals so don't place unfair pressures on your self.
Some traders said the central bank was sending mixed signals to the market by mopping up shillings through repos, but still lending out more money through the overnight window.
The northern ruling party and the south's partner in the peace deal, the National Congress Party (NCP), is however sending mixed signals, suggesting that the referendum would not take place if the more than 2,000 kms North-South border is not demarcated.