speak with forked tongue

speak with a forked tongue

To make empty or false promises; to speak duplicitously or beguilingly. (Likened to having the tongue of a serpent, a traditional symbol of deceit and dishonesty.) It's becoming increasingly obvious that the president-elect spoke with forked tongue during his campaign. He learned quickly that speaking a forked tongue was an effective way of getting ahead in business.
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speak with a forked tongue

Fig. to tell lies; to try to deceive someone. Jean's mother sounds very charming, but she speaks with a forked tongue. People tend to believe Fred because he seems plausible, but we know he speaks with a forked tongue.
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speak with forked tongue

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speak with a forked tongue

If someone speaks with forked tongue or speaks with a forked tongue, they are lying or trying to trick people. He speaks with forked tongue. I don't trust him and I don't like him. This shows that the minister has been speaking with a forked tongue. Note: People sometimes use talk instead of speak. Everybody in this business is talking with forked tongue.
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At the moment, we politicians speak with forked tongue to the police.
Now, far be it for me to speak with forked tongue, but if anyone deserves a retirement it's Walter and he really should walk off at the end of the current campaign and spend more time with his family.
They speak with forked tongue, or, in the case of Wirral, (Steve) Foulkes tongue.
For once in its life, Hollywood does not speak with forked tongue.
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Let's be perfectly clear on this and I will say with pinpoint accuracy and a roaming commission with the English language, Brown Man no speak with forked tongue.
Politicians not only speak with forked tongue, they eat with forked tongue too.
But Bates rapped: "As far as I'm concerned the FA speak with forked tongue.
But everyone knows the FA speak with forked tongue.
But it's not just Fianna Fail who speak with forked tongues, the gombeen Greens have managed to outdo their political masters.
The moral of this story: all councillors speak with forked tongues.
Withnell has no love for those who speak with forked tongues and offer false promises, and plans to begin his personal vendetta toward some Irish League managers on day one of the new season - against his old club Ballymena.
SCHIZOPHRENIA We speak with forked tongues when our rhetoric celebrates how much kids know about computing, but then we place them in school settings in which they barely use a computer or use the Internet in trivial ways.
No wonder consumers think the big five energy firms speak with forked tongues.
Part of it is that in spite of all the praise from politicians, the latter speak with forked tongues.