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.
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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.
Lennox Lewis was dumbfounded by more Don King double-talk last night.