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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Iranian officials have sent mixed messages about their intentions.
Since Corbyn won an election to lead Labour on Saturday, his party has sent mixed messages on how it would campaign in the referendum, with senior figures adopting seemingly conflicting positions.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent mixed messages Thursday on the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II, indicating a desire to mend ties with China and South Korea but also a wish not to be seen by his conservative supporters to be making too many concessions.
Bernanke had sent mixed messages that could either be taken as tapering or tightening of monetary policy in his May 22 congressional testimony, roiling financial markets.
European headline shares opened lower this morning as once again investors were sent mixed messages regarding policy maker s actions on the eurozone debt crisis," said Spreadex trader Shavaz Dhalla.
They clearly sent mixed messages to the world," Romney told reporters on Wednesday.
Bruce himself sent mixed messages in his post-match Press conference, insisting on the one hand that he will not walk away from the job but then saying he would consider stepping down if it benefited the club.
The strategy also comes in the face of domestic US criticism that the administration sent mixed messages in Egypt.
Carter stubbornly believed that it would be possible to cooperate with the Soviets, and then reacted badly when they did not; he sent mixed messages to important states, such as China; he frequently changed the administration's policy, especially in the horn of Africa; and he never clearly engaged some states, such as Mexico, on important issues (e.
North Korea, which has sent mixed messages recently, said its threat to cut off dialogue was in response to South Korean media reports this week that Seoul was revising its contingency plans for what it would do if Pyongyang's Korea's leadership falls.
Ms Smith's decision to reclassify cannabis as a "precautionary step" sent mixed messages and undermined public faith in Government science, he said.
He added that drug classification policy has become "quite complex and highly politicised" in recent years and that Ms Smith's decision to reclassify cannabis as a "precautionary step" sent mixed messages and undermined faith in Government science.
The interim government has resisted calls to restore Zelaya as president, but has sent mixed messages about using the ballot box to resolve the crisis.
Mr Mousavi, who says he is the real winner of the June 12 presidential vote, has sent mixed messages to supporters, as protests have become scattered amid a tough government clampdown.