mealy-mouthed


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mealy-mouthed

Hesitant or unwilling to state something bluntly and directly when speaking, especially facts or opinions that are considered divisive or controversial. Everyone keeps having these mealy-mouthed conversations about crime in poor areas of the city, unwilling to talk about the scumbags who are to blame.
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These were no mealy-mouthed regrets one so often hears from public figures who've stepped over some line, blandly lamenting any offence people may have somehow taken from innocently intended comments.
Fox's sitcom Married With Children debuted at the tail end of the period Jenkins treats, to unanimous condemnation from conservatives who viewed it as an assault on traditional values, but in hindsight, the Al Bundy type of working-class forgotten man, whose real enemies are mealy-mouthed elites from the blue states, appears to be the central actor in the social transformation Jenkins is discussing.
And it certainly wasn't a mealy-mouthed "agreement" you made before your Maker--whose name you have no compunction about taking in vain.
But did Higham's mealy-mouthed praise reflect the way the Beeb saw Bob?
Woodward's public defence of his skipper has been mealy-mouthed to put it mildly.
Contrast that with the mealy-mouthed views expressed by Clinton's press secretary, Joe Lockhart, who answered reporters' questions about the reunion of the largest chunks of the Standard Oil empire by explaining that President Clinton "believes that mergers that make us more globally competitive have a positive role to play.
After these first sessions, I felt incredibly mealy-mouthed and inarticulate.
As for art writers, there's hardly one on the dailies and Sundays who isn't mealy-mouthed, suspicious, or downright cynical.
The phantom's use of "just one reason" and "some of us" is mealy-mouthed innuendo, but the rap on grammar is valid.
Tower's mealy-mouthed essay noted the importance of integrity in government but warned that citizens should not demand too much from their officials.
The Tory leader had just attempted a mealy-mouthed defence of the rape clause at Question Time.
YOUR SHOUT 6 Fiona, I was proud to see you write in support of The Queen's 90th birthday that 'it would take a very mealy-mouthed republican not to wish her the very best'.
And the Met Police's way of rectifying that cruelty was a mealy-mouthed, cold little letter to his widow admitting grudgingly they should have provided "clarity" earlier.
And not make me cringe at yet another piece of mealy-mouthed and deliberately misleading political spin.
The NHS belongs to the people and we do not want privatisation, but Mr P Armstrong is using mealy-mouthed words like "free at the point of entry".