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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He has repeated the promise nearly 10 times since assuming office, but has sent mixed signals about how much or when it would happen.
Russian officials sent mixed signals over renewal of the deal with OPEC last time it was being renegotiated in December, before finally agreeing to remain on board.
crude inventories reported by the EIA on Wednesday has weighed on prices, while the IEA's monthly report sent mixed signals. The IEA said on Thursday that production cuts from OPEC, along with sanctions on exports from Iran and Venezuela have tightened the supply side, though demand through the remainder of 2019 remains a question, citing mixed signals on the health of the global economy.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent mixed signals over the past few weeks about his country's relations with South Korea and the US.
Iran has reiterated that the UN Security Council endorsed deal is non-negotiable, but has sent mixed signals about how it would respond if the US exits.
Trump, who on Friday joined France and Britain in ordering missile strikes against Syrian targets, has sent mixed signals on Syria.
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.
However, ministers have repeatedly sent mixed signals as to whether this could happen on Wednesday.Defense Minister Angel Naydenov, who is also a high-ranking official of the main ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), was quoted by website Dnevnik.bg as saying the cabinet was to resign Thursday at the earliest.
However, recent data have sent mixed signals and Friday's production figure underlined expectations of slower second-quarter growth, AP reported.