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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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Violations of law, if any, would be extremely difficult to prove." And people call Clinton mealymouthed.
But OTA is not routinely mealymouthed. "OTA finds that aviation safety will be best served by introducing [the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System] on commercial aircraft as soon as possible," states one report.
The subject was none other than ethics in government, and the piece was included in a slick report, "Ethics in American Business." Tower's mealymouthed essay noted the importance of integrity in government but warned that citizens should not demand too much from their officials.
President Duterte's mealymouthed excuse for inaction over the confrontation, if not collusion with China, makes us a laughingstock in the region.
Because, stripped of the mealymouthed political spin about open democracy, that's what it really is.
Speaking at the time, the Bevan Foundation said it was a "mealymouthed" justification for a cut that would save a small sum.
Earlier, Salmond said Mundell was "not fit to be an MP" after his "mealymouthed" criticism of Spain's violent treatment of Catalan voters.
This mealymouthed form of words gives no reassurance to RMT members in the front line nor any protection from the possible introduction of driveronly operation."
No action at all on travellers WHAT a useless lot of mealymouthed councillors we have in Birmingham!
Yet suggesting taking British passports off terrorist suspects, deservedly rendering them stateless, leads to mealymouthed individuals droning on about their human rights, rather than their human wrongs.
Even her so-called apology to Parliament was just a mealymouthed statement.
There was no mitigation, no mealymouthed excuse about fatigue or not getting the rub of the green.
Viewers on Sunday had several replays of the fracas that decided the match - and although Setanta's mealymouthed Scott Booth sat on the barbed wire, there was no doubt.
There's 650 odd of these mealymouthed, expenses-driven, expensively educated and over-stuffed politicians representing us and for my vote that's 650 too many.
And the SFA later sent a mealymouthed email to fans saying "no income is generated back to the association as a result of telephone charges".