speak out of both sides of (one's) mouth(redirected from speak out of both sides of their mouths)
speak out of both sides of (one's) mouth
To try to maintain contradictory positions or beliefs in an attempt to please the most people. We all know that you've been speaking out of both sides of your mouth about the merger, so please, just tell us the truth. Will there be layoffs or not? I don't trust that candidate—he still hasn't committed to a clear course of action and is always speaking out of both sides of his mouth.
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If someone speaks or talks out of both sides of their mouth, they give different advice or opinions on the same subject in different situations. Lenny would speak out of both sides of his mouth. He would say to one person that our company was failing and the next day he'd talk about our long-term future. Note: This expressions is used to show disapproval.
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