double-talk


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double-talk

1. Speech that is intentionally misleading, unclear, or confusing. After all this double-talk, I have no idea what the candidate actually believes in.
2. Nonsense speech. I can't understand half of the cutesy double-talk that my mom subjects the baby to.

double talk

1. Meaningless speech, gibberish mixing real and invented words. For example, Some popular songs are actually based on double talk. [1930s]
2. Also, doublespeak. Deliberately ambiguous and evasive language. For example, I got tired of her double talk and demanded to know the true story, or His press secretary was very adept at doublespeak. This usage dates from the late 1940s, and the variant from about 1950.
See also: double, talk
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While it opposed contraception (article 19) and sterilization as a means of contraception (article 18) it included the addendum: "Reference should be made to the Canadian bishops' documents on the practical application of this general directive." This double-talk was the death-knell for our Catholic hospitals.
He makes the tortured double-talk of Yes Minister's fictionalSir Humphrey Appleton seem like the model of clarity.
It cut through all the double-talk our national organizations do to bring in those almighty dollars.
The sight of him trying to double-talk his way out of the questions only he can answer churns the stomach.
While President Duterte is unpretentious, flat-out direct and vocal about his intentions and ways in addressing the drug problem, alack, double-talk seems to be the order of the day for his cherubs and seraphs.
We can expect a bit of double-talk from Papal advisers if they are operating a cover-up operation.
It is no time for double-talk, posturing or political points-scoring.
Meanwhile, in the parallel universe that is Ian Beale's love-life, he now finds himself with not one Jane, but two and a whole lot of double-talk to do.
Instead, it has attempted to rule through spin, double-talk and protestations of wounded innocence.
The group insist they are not just trying to make political capital, and say in the Commons motion that they deplore Plaid's "double-talk".
But shadow chancellor Michael Portillo branded Brown "a master of double-talk and double standards, using one measure of inflation to short-change pensioner and another to clobber motorists".
They are understandably weary of listening to endless double-talk by the Provos.
Mrs Kinnock said: "They have used devious half truths and double-talk over devolution."
PAUL FLYNN'S book is outrageous, at times very funny, but most of the time reads like a political spy novel - full of party intrigue, double-dealing, double-talk, but above all stitch-ups.
Now McManaman, there is another great area of double-talk. He says he wants to stay, the club want to keep him, but he is now just 11 days away from talking to anyone he fancies.