send (a) mixed signal(s)

(redirected from sent mixed signals)

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.
See also: mixed, send
References in periodicals archive ?
Mixed signals The Greek government has sent mixed signals about how close the two sides are to a deal.
While a strong opponent of Islamic State, which sees Shi'ites as infidels, Iran has sent mixed signals about its willingness to cooperate with the United States on defeating the militants.
For years, it could not really decide whether it wanted to encourage Ukrainian membership in the EU, so it sent mixed signals to Kiev, which had the initial effect of disappointing pro-European Ukrainians, angering Russians, and confusing everyone else.
For years, it could not really decide whether it wanted to encourage Ukrainian membership in the union, so it sent mixed signals to Kiev, which had the initial effect of disappointing pro-European Ukrainians, angering Russians and confusing everyone else.
However, ministers have repeatedly sent mixed signals as to whether this could happen on Wednesday.
However, recent data have sent mixed signals and Friday's production figure underlined expectations of slower second-quarter growth, AP reported.
Meanwhile, data on British exports have sent mixed signals about the health of the economy.
Recent communications from the Fed has sent mixed signals and huge swings across markets such as the surge in US bond yields, dip in Asian currencies, drop in equities and volatile commodity movements.
Bernanke has sent mixed signals for the past two months on the timing of reduction of the asset purchases and roiled financial markets, which have given various interpretations to his remarks.
A report on data flows from EPFR Global sent mixed signals about investors' risk appetite.
ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans as evidence that Obama's foreign policy is "unraveling before our eyes" and said the administration has sent mixed signals on Iran.
Iran also has sent mixed signals in the past over its willingness to discuss Western demands to curb its nuclear ambitions, including sending counter-proposals and using delaying tactics that effectively brought talks to an impasse.
However, Iran has also sent mixed signals over a resumption of talks.
State Department said Iran had often sent mixed signals but that the United States was "fully prepared" to resume talks among the six major powers and Tehran about Iran's nuclear program.
Even as the Asian markets sent mixed signals, Indian stocks ended firmly in the positive, taking cues from the stronger European market.