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send the right message

To do or say something that communicates a particular desired meaning, either implicitly or explicitly. We're hoping that this legislation will send the right message to young people around the country. I know you're trying to foster better workplace relations between employees, but I don't think forcing people to sit in assigned spots during lunch will send the right message.
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send the right (or wrong) message

make a significant statement, either implicitly or by your actions.
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I think this ( termination) has sent the right message.
They noted that the visit last month of Prime Minister David Cameron sent the right message for an enduring partnership between the two countries.
EVERTON defender Phil Jagielka is hopeful his strong finish to the season will have sent the right message to new England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of this summer's European Championships.
WORLD champion Jenson Button admitted he did not expect to be winning races so early into his McLaren career after victory in a thrilling Australian Grand Prix which sent the right message to Formula One's critics.
25 per cent sent the right message to businesses and consumers and has boosted confidence.
The adoption of this text would have sent the right message to both parties.
They were shocked at first but ultimately felt it sent the right message.
His sacking was welcomed by the Government's drugs Tsar Keith Hellawell, who said the BBC had sent the right message to young people.
President Karzai's inauguration speech sent the right message about moving in a new direction.
Patrick has sent the right message in vetoing a bill that would have modestly enhanced pension payments to retired teachers and other state workers.
Quilliam and her chums are concerned that readers are not being sent the right messages about the need for safe sex and contraception.