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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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Competing market forces are sending mixed signals about the state of the global olefins industry, with regional imbalances making it difficult for market participants to define their strategy for the medium- to long-term.
Ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting on Thursday, the US economy is sending mixed signals.
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.
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?
ambassador and three others while blasting the Obama administration for sending mixed signals in the days following the attack, Romney quickly changed the subject and spoke of turmoil elsewhere in the Middle East.
However regulatory bodies in China have been sending mixed signals, announcing their strong support for the development of the country's 4G networks but simultaneously delaying the actual operation of those networks at a business level.
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.
Someone may be sending mixed signals, making it difficult for you to know where you stand.
A new Moon in your sign is sending mixed signals, on the one hand you're annoyed at how things have ended but on another you're excited about what the future holds for you.
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 Leahy sanctions have not ended continuing reports of summary executions by Pakistani security forces," Hasan said, adding, "Killings by the army need to end, and the US should stop sending mixed signals that allow the army to continue with business as usual.