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send (a) mixed message(s)

To communicate something that has, or seems to have, multiple, ambiguous, or contradictory meanings. My ex-girlfriend has accused me of sending mixed messages about our relationship, as if I'm hinting that I want to get back together with her. 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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He also said that telling children to stay away from drugs while endorsing marijuana could send mixed messages, according to (http://www.
NZNO needed to ensure it didn't send mixed messages about its intentions, and one way of doing so was to focus on the strategic plan's four goals: improved health outcomes; skilled nurses; a strong workforce; and an effective organisation.
Too often, organizations send mixed messages to employees, telling them, for example, that performance will be judged primarily by their ability to set financial targets and downplaying the importance of ethics.
But once again, Pakistan has let down the Gulf countries and left us confused as it continues to send mixed messages.
Commenting on the site, on which the lower ground floor has already been built and opened without consent, Brighouse councillor Howard Blagbrough, said: "I'd be the first person to welcome investment and jobs to the area but it would send mixed messages to residents if this was agreed retrospectively.
The charity believes that the act will send mixed messages about the dangers of alcohol and its impact on lifestyle to the young population, and Beckham, who usually promotes a healthy lifestyle, should rethink his association with the product.
I don't want to send mixed messages, so I have cancelled all my appearances at RSA 2014," said Hypponen.
It would send mixed messages to developers if the council did not suspend the tax breaks while it contemplated changes in the months ahead, he said.
Parents should also not send mixed messages by saying one thing but doing the other, and they should eat what they preach, happily.
Mr Burrowes added: "Our concerns, when plans for the chip shop were announced, was that locating a fish and chip shop so close to a school would send mixed messages to pupils about healthy eating.
While there are clear signs to justify such enthusiasm, there are still a number of factors that can challenge the industry: unemployment that hovers near 10 percent, an uncertain economy that lurches in a different direction daily, and a turbulent government that continues to send mixed messages affecting large and small businesses.
Either way, dithering and division could send mixed messages to voters in advance of any cross-party Yes campaign.
I think it is very important not to send mixed messages.
The book's title subtitle synopsis and the illustrations on both covers send mixed messages about the book's subject matter.
4 Election Day ballot, and has garnered it a slew of publicity, law enforcement has denounced the move as bad policy that would send mixed messages to police and marijuana users alike.