with (a) forked tongue

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with (a) forked tongue

Duplicitously or beguilingly; untruthfully. It's becoming increasingly obvious that the president-elect spoke with forked tongue during his campaign. He learned quickly that speaking with a forked tongue was an effective way of getting ahead in business.
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with forked tongue

untruthfully or deceitfully. humorous
The image is of the forked tongue of a snake, snakes being traditional symbols of treachery and deceit.
2002 New York Times Orpheus members have long spoken with forked tongues about conductors. They…make sweeping generalizations about them.
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Following his unimpressive interview with Marr on Sunday, he only succeeds in demonstrating that he speaks with a forked tongue.
Wesson also recalled having to find a man with a forked tongue and 15 Mexican wrestlers with identical body types.
tradition of speaking with a forked tongue is long and dishonourable, as the actions taken by the U.
In "Iran Behind the Veil" (October 16), William Jasper does a masterful job of sounding the tocsin to us all that we should not be too quick to smooch with the soothsaying Iranian dervish, for he speaketh with a forked tongue, but Jasper's crystalline logic comes a cropper in one area--Hezbollah.
JULIE, Wolverhampton A WITH a forked tongue, Julie?
I have written to members of Parliament and teh local authority on several occasions concerning the moral decline in the nation but unfortunately the Government speaks with a forked tongue.
This expression was ``he speaks with a forked tongue.
He seems like just another white man with a forked tongue.