speak with a forked tongue

speak with a forked tongue

To make empty or false promises; to speak duplicitously or beguilingly. Likened to having the tongue of a serpent, a traditional symbol of deceit and dishonesty. It's becoming increasingly obvious that the senator spoke with a forked tongue during his campaign. He learned quickly that speaking with a forked tongue was an effective way of getting ahead in business.
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speak with a forked tongue

Fig. to tell lies; to try to deceive someone. Jean's mother sounds very charming, but she speaks with a forked tongue. People tend to believe Fred because he seems plausible, but we know he speaks with a forked tongue.
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speak with forked tongue

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speak with a forked tongue

If someone speaks with forked tongue or speaks with a forked tongue, they are lying or trying to trick people. He speaks with forked tongue. I don't trust him and I don't like him. This shows that the minister has been speaking with a forked tongue. Note: People sometimes use talk instead of speak. Everybody in this business is talking with forked tongue.
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You speak with a forked tongue, Roxas said, calling Duterte out for the mayor's conflicting statements about the bank accounts.
We all know that many politicians speak with a forked tongue and as a scientist I regret to say not all scientists are reliable.
You speak with a forked tongue, Roxas said, taking Duterte to task for the mayor's conflicting statements about the bank accounts.