send the wrong message

send the wrong message

To do or say something that communicates a meaning different or contrary to what one desires, either implicitly or explicitly. The government's decision, while innocuous at face value, sends the wrong message that business that don't have a religious affiliation will be treated more preferentially than those that do. I know you're trying to foster better workplace relations between employees, but I think forcing people to sit in assigned spots during lunch might send the wrong message.
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The creation of a separate Department for Overseas Filipinos might send the wrong message, Sen.
Yousef 's sister, Jade Akoum, said they were disappointed, adding: "These sentences send the wrong message."
Silence and failure to do justice for Echesa will definitely send the wrong message. It will also fuel the rumour that there is something wrong with him as a person or about his conduct.
Also, excessive focus on security measures are bound to send the wrong message to leading foreign teams like Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa who have not toured Pakistan since 2009.
The Church of Scotland didn't think the new range was appropriate and warned it could send the wrong message to children.
Anyone with any common sense would see these legislative changes will send the wrong message to those countries we have signed free trade agreements with.
Selling Perez will send the wrong message if he's serious about bringing glory.
Hartlepool's Labour MP Iain Wright said Evans was a "pariah" and signing him would send the wrong message to young fans.
The judge handed down an immediate prison term for the charge of culpable homicide, saying she believed a non-custodial sentence would "send the wrong message".
The Press Club is of the opinion that asking Indian journalists to leave Pakistan will send the wrong message and only help hardliners on both sides of the border.
But a week later Ms Napier responded by saying his suggestion could send the wrong message to staff, who are working to keep the force area safe.
I understand certain pictures can send the wrong message, but the players were very professional.
This is a request to Voice FM to stop broadcasting bedtime stories which send the wrong message to children.
Serbian Football Association president Tomislav Karadzic said on Friday that he will ask UEFA to have the game staged again but Italian Football Federation general director Antonello Valentini believes that would send the wrong message.