send (a) mixed message(s)

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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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Trump has sent mixed messages on North Korean strategy and previously suggested the time for "strategic patience" is over.
Iranian officials have sent mixed messages about their intentions.
Since Corbyn won an election to lead Labour on Saturday, his party has sent mixed messages on how it would campaign in the referendum, with senior figures adopting seemingly conflicting positions.
Canberra, Australia (AP) - Australia's prime minister and foreign minister on Thursday sent mixed messages on whether Russia was frustrating Dutch and Australian police efforts to retrieve the bodies of victims of the Malaysian airliner disaster in war-torn east Ukraine.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent mixed messages Thursday on the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II, indicating a desire to mend ties with China and South Korea but also a wish not to be seen by his conservative supporters to be making too many concessions.
Market's attention was also focused on what Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke would say afterward as financial markets want to get a clearer view of when the Fed will scale back its asset purchasing program, given that Bernanke had sent mixed messages that could either be taken as tapering or tightening of monetary policy in his congressional testimony late last month, dealers said.
European headline shares opened lower this morning as once again investors were sent mixed messages regarding policy maker s actions on the eurozone debt crisis," said Spreadex trader Shavaz Dhalla.
They clearly sent mixed messages to the world," Romney told reporters on Wednesday.
Bruce himself sent mixed messages in his post-match Press conference, insisting on the one hand that he will not walk away from the job but then saying he would consider stepping down if it benefited the club.
The strategy also comes in the face of domestic US criticism that the administration sent mixed messages in Egypt.
North Korea, which has sent mixed messages recently, said its threat to cut off dialogue was in response to South Korean media reports this week that Seoul was revising its contingency plans for what it would do if Pyongyang's Korea's leadership falls.
Ms Smith's decision to reclassify cannabis as a "precautionary step" sent mixed messages and undermined public faith in Government science, he said.
He added that drug classification policy has become "quite complex and highly politicised" in recent years and that Ms Smith's decision to reclassify cannabis as a "precautionary step" sent mixed messages and undermined faith in Government science.
The interim government has resisted calls to restore Zelaya as president, but has sent mixed messages about using the ballot box to resolve the crisis.
Mr Mousavi, who says he is the real winner of the June 12 presidential vote, has sent mixed messages to supporters, as protests have become scattered amid a tough government clampdown.