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mixed message

A signal, message, or communication that has, or is interpreted as having, multiple, ambiguous, or contradictory meanings. (Often plural.) I keep getting these mixed messages from my ex-girlfriend. I can't tell if she just wants to be friends, or if she's interested in getting back together. I just think it sends something of a mixed message to be advertising a new production assistant position right after we went through a round of layoffs.
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Uncertainty over trade issues remains high after a flurry of tweets from President Trump, including one that said a China deal must be on "our terms," along with some mixed messages out of China including a threat of retaliation along with comments about meeting half way.
A FREE community event has had to switch venues because of "confusion" and "mixed messages" caused by ground-sharing with a paid travelling funfair, local councillors have heard.
Neil Douglas, mitigating, said his client was receiving mixed messages from the victim at the time of the incident.
The report noted of a smooth transition to the Duterte administration, which RAM Ratings nonetheless said has been sending 'mixed messages' with regard to foreign policy.
Lachlan's getting mixed messages And when Lachlan's reply suggests that he might be about to admit something, Robert thinks he's finally got to the truth.
Joe Staton, from GFK, said: "Mixed messages about a post Brexit world and the ongoing eurozone crisis are casting a cloud over our economy."
Onenightinvienna 2.40 Kempton SP forecast 5-6 Mixed messages over value of his second place at Cheltenham last month, but went down with all guns blazing giving weight away to the winner and third.
SUCH mixed messages from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Now, it is this kind of personal storytelling that must continue if we are to defeat the mixed messages our rapid success has brought with it, both at home and abroad.
PERHAPS the British Muslims who went to fight in Syria received mixed messages from politicians?
Harrison said: Pablo "sends mixed messages to the girls and they find it very confusing." He called it the "Juan Pablo barrier," which has nothing to do with the language barrier.
Summary: Western policymakers focused on Syria should drop their mixed messages and revise their view of both the United Nations and the role of sectarianism, according to a report on the crisis by Chatham House.
But he does have a point when he complains about incessant warnings and mixed messages from nanny state experts.
Sioned Elin, Carmarthenshire chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith, said: "The development emphasises the mixed messages coming from the council."
Labour blasted them for sending "mixed messages", while Mr Paterson is due to come under fire for his handling of the crisis when he updates MPs today.