send (a) mixed signal(s)

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send (a) mixed signal(s)

To communicate something that has, or seems to have, multiple, ambiguous, or contradictory meanings. My ex-girlfriend has accused me of sending mixed signals about our relationship, as if I'm hinting I want to get back together with her. I just think it sends something of a mixed signal to be advertising a new production assistant position right after we went through a round of layoffs.
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However, last week, Go apparently sent mixed signals by saying that his candidacy would be up to his boss.
The presidential frontrunner, the fiery leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has sent mixed signals on NAFTA.
This sent mixed signals to members of the House and the Senate,' she said.
ISLAMABAD -- The government on Thursday sent mixed signals about a US motion to put Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watch list, while the lawmakers feared the move could succeed, resulting in economic and diplomatic troubles for the country.
During the initial days of the crisis, the US had sent mixed signals about whom it supported.
sent mixed signals about participating because of concerns for the safety of athletes amid North Korea's increasing provocations.
The White House has sent mixed signals on where the corporate tax rate should be set.
Todt has been vocal about the future of Honda as an exit of the engine manufacturer could have sent mixed signals to the world of motorsports.
Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has said he was willing to bring a healthcare bill up to vote, but was waiting to see what President Donald Trump wants to do, after he sent mixed signals regarding the bipartisan effort, according to Reuters.
While a strong opponent of Islamic State, which sees Shi'ites as infidels, Iran has sent mixed signals about its willingness to cooperate with the United States on defeating the militants.
For years, it could not really decide whether it wanted to encourage Ukrainian membership in the EU, so it sent mixed signals to Kiev, which had the initial effect of disappointing pro-European Ukrainians, angering Russians, and confusing everyone else.
However, ministers have repeatedly sent mixed signals as to whether this could happen on Wednesday.
However, recent data have sent mixed signals and Friday's production figure underlined expectations of slower second-quarter growth, AP reported.
Meanwhile, data on British exports have sent mixed signals about the health of the economy.
Bernanke has sent mixed signals for the past two months on the timing of reduction of the asset purchases and roiled financial markets, which have given various interpretations to his remarks.