speak with a forked tongue

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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 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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where the President of the country speaks with a forked tongue thus, confusing the people as to his real intentions,
Following his unimpressive interview with Marr on Sunday, he only succeeds in demonstrating that he speaks with a forked tongue.
The man speaks with a forked tongue methinks and should not be trusted.
Unless the Narendra Modi government effectively disproves the growing belief that it speaks with a forked tongue, incidents such as this will only confirm its doublespeak.
But then again, the proposed development will fall within a high council tax band, which will generate revenue for the council, which speaks with a forked tongue.
I have written to members of Parliament and teh local authority on several occasions concerning the moral decline in the nation but unfortunately the Government speaks with a forked tongue.