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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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It sends the wrong message that there is no speed limit for representatives during session days,' he said.
I think from the WTA it sends the wrong message to young kids: cheat and we'll welcome you back with open arms.
It really sends the wrong message out - especially to the first team players you do ask to play in the supposedly 'weakened line-up'.
Mr Varadkar said rural roads are the most dangerous in Ireland and granting people a permit to flout the law sends the wrong message internationally.
Attorney George Martin told the judge the sentence sends the wrong message.
Sporty Spice Mel, 37, said: "It sends the wrong message to teenage girls.
SO Mr Cameron has U-turned over putting a personal photographer and film-maker on the government payroll because it sends the wrong message at a time of public sector cuts.
But the chairman of the City Council Traffic and Parking Committee contends the ordinance sends the wrong message to business owners because of the fees associated with it.
Scotch Whisky Association chief executive Gavin Hewitt claimed: "The alcohol duty structure discriminates against Scotch at home and sends the wrong message overseas.
It sends the wrong message to consumers about the value of milk, at a time when all concerned should be focusing on adding value to the milk supply chain, especially as the response to the recent WI/NFU campaign has shown clearly that many consumers are prepared to pay more for their milk to support the British dairy industry.
You want to scream, "But honey, you don't need all that window dressing to look beautiful, and it sends the wrong message about who you really are inside.
But Najee Ali of Project Islamic Hope said he is concerned the stepped-up crackdown sends the wrong message.
Allowing the admission of such students sends the wrong message in light of states' heavy focus on accountability standards and assessments, says Dane Linn, director of the education division of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices.
It sends the wrong message to children: that it's OK to harm animals.
Cameron's anonymity is a clear condemnation of discrimination, yet sends the wrong message about our equality, directly from the nation's largest employer.