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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Speaking in Filipino during her visit to Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte on Friday, Robredo said the President's statement was 'troubling because it could send the wrong message, not only to law enforcers but civilians as well.
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.
I am the captain there and it would send the wrong message not to go back.
As a defensive driving instructor, I do not share this idea as the timers send the wrong message to the driver.
We believe that such price cuts send the wrong message to consumers about the value of milk, which is a wholesome and nutritious food.
Yes, technology does mean we sometimes send the wrong message to the wrong people.
But President Bush expressed concern that rejecting DP World's bid would send the wrong message to "friends and allies around the world, particularly in the Middle East.
commerce would send the wrong message to both America's allies and its enemies.
But some safe-driving advocates and instructors say performance-driving courses may send the wrong message to impressionable young drivers.
The FRC's Bridget Maher said her group believes over-reliance on the vaccine for the human papilloma virus (HPV) could send the wrong message to young women.
But during floor debate, some members said they thought any action by the association would send the wrong message.
But grades that are consistently too high send the wrong message.
I was going to call this the "Enjoi Smoking Tour" but didn't want to send the wrong message, especially given how oddly impressionable the kids I see at the skatepark are.
But they quickly decided that would send the wrong message to plant workers about their capabilities.