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weasel words

Language employed to avoid directly stating a position or answering a question, or to enhance the appearance of something. Wikipedia discourages the use of weasel words in its encyclopedia entries to decrease the possibility of bias. If you read the transcript of his press conference, you'll see that there's barely any substances—it's nearly all weasel words.
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weasel word

A word used to deprive a statement of its force or evade a direct commitment, as in Calling it "organized spontaneity" is using a weasel word; "organized" has sucked the meaning out of "spontaneity." This idiom may allude to the weasel's habit of sucking the contents out of a bird's egg, so that only the shell remains. [Late 1800s]
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Ignoring the weasel word 'alarmist', his claim is utterly false.
They wring their hands and say weasel words, but they have done nothing to stop this unwanted and unnecessary radical change.
But Welsh Labour Leader Carwyn Jones said: "People in Wales won't be fooled by his weasel words.
MY job is to ferret out the weasel words politicians use to disguise their true intentions.
Inconsistently, they include sufficient weasel words to carry on claiming NHS fees.
That is to say, weasel words are used to buttress claims that are meant to be beyond dispute, but upon more minute inspection are discovered to be hollow and of no true substance.
WHAT a sickening sight to see Des Browne, Defence Secretary, at the coming home of more bodies from the war in Afghanistan and the weasel words that he and his colleague (the other Brown) used at the homecoming.
Don Watson's book, Warson's) Dictionary of Weasel Words, Contemporary Cliches, Cant & Management Jargon, and the Weasel Words web site well document this abuse of language.
However, what is not overwhelming is the lack of a single comment from any member of our illustrious City Council relating to the plethora of weasel words used to promote the extension of term limits.
It is but weasel words to attempt to shift the blame on to the escorting police officers for not handcuffing him or attempting to restrain him, or to suggest that had the cells at Hexham been open that fateful evening none of this would ever have happened.
The fact is that the application of those weasel words is a matter of politics, not business; and if C.
They are using weasel words deliberately designed to mislead the public and the media and cover up the fact that they have made things far worse.
I sent an e-mail to their technical support with a few questions and got back a reply that appeared to be an automated set of weasel words telling me that I could essentially buzz off: I was no longer entitled to such service as my computer was no longer under warrantee.
There are going to be a lot of weasel words on all sides.
Legitimate objective and reasonable exercise are weasel words that the courts at all levels, with only rare exceptions, have stretched beyond recognition in support of the insatiable meddlesome and confiscatory demands of Leviathan.