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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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(Creba) warned on Thursday that the temporary restraining order slapped against the controversial Torre de Manila condominium project was sending the wrong message to investors who wanted to support the country's economic development.
PARIS, March 20 (KUNA) -- The Greek authorities must extend their anti-corruption campaigns to include bribery of foreign officials and entities to avoid sending the wrong message to companies and countries seeking to do business with Greece, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Friday.
Fianna Fail communications spokesman Michael Moynihan yesterday blasted the ad for "sending the wrong message".
Many Conservatives have been complaining that the country is sending the wrong message. They still haven't learned from the failure of the 2003 liberation of Iraq in bringing peace to that country following military action.
She said: "My concern about the crime statistic issue is that it is sending the wrong message to officers and staff who are working very hard to achieve reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour, to prevent things happening in the first place and to keep the community safe."
We are sending the wrong message to foreign investors and consumers.
Save the Children UK said the recently divorced superstar was not doing anything wrong but risked sending the wrong message.
"It beggars belief a driving instructor does not recognise the dangers and is sending the wrong message to pupils."
More importantly, I feel we have been sending the wrong message to young women by essentially saying "start having sex, then come in for your Pap in 3 years." We should be encouraging the young women ha this country to have gynecologic visits long before their first sexual experience, so we can discuss safe sex, STD screening, menstrual physiology, Pap smear screening, the role of human papillomavirus, and HPV vaccination.
I feel we have been sending the wrong message to young women by essentially saying "start having sex, then come in for your Pap in 3 years." We should be encouraging the young women in this country to have gynecologic visits long before their first sexual experience, so we can discuss safe sex, STD screening, menstrual physiology, Pap smear screening, the role of human papillomavirus, and HPV vaccination.
Going to the range with a few guns gets ridiculous sometimes if they all have to be padlocked, but becoming a scofflaw has penalties even if it is just sending the wrong message to our kids.
Lynn Peterson, mayor of Thunder Bay, thought it was sending the wrong message. Rowswell, who is determined and also has a thick skin, seemed unperturbed by the hornet's nest, but it probably won't be brought up again any time soon.
He was sending the wrong message to the highest office in the land.
The team felt that this situation was sending the wrong message to the acquisition workforce.