with forked tongue

with (a) forked tongue

Duplicitously or beguilingly; untruthfully. It's becoming increasingly obvious that the president-elect spoke with forked tongue during his campaign. He learned quickly that speaking with a forked tongue was an effective way of getting ahead in business.
See also: forked, tongue

with forked tongue

untruthfully or deceitfully. humorous
The image is of the forked tongue of a snake, snakes being traditional symbols of treachery and deceit.
2002 New York Times Orpheus members have long spoken with forked tongues about conductors. They…make sweeping generalizations about them.
See also: forked, tongue
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White man with forked tongue catches Kainai asleep again.
At the moment, we politicians speak with forked tongue to the police.
The fatal flaw is the unprincipled, devious politics of a leader who spoke with forked tongue.
Loyal to your foolish ancient code of hospitality You invited him into your homes With forked tongue he lapped at your coffee Inventoried your furniture Adding photos and maps: The Village Files
He reminds us that we eat food, not money, and yet whilst we have farmers totally committed to serving their local communities, we have procurement systems which ignore that commitment, and a political system still speaking with forked tongue on "food security" - local is good - but we can always import our foodstuffs.
They speak with forked tongue, or, in the case of Wirral, (Steve) Foulkes tongue.
speaks then with forked tongue, and the lives of the poor workers do not improve.
Patrick orders his obeisant secretary, Chloe Sevigny), but to add that it speaks with forked tongue to Clinton-generated, bull-market amorality would belabor the obvious.
Politicians will gain so much more respect if they stop speaking with forked tongue, follow the courage of their convictions and, crucially, work together for the good of the country whatever their political persuasion.
I suspect Cameron knows he speaks with forked tongue, having learned as a PR executive how to say one thing and do another.
He said: "We've heard it before, I think Gordon Brown speaks with forked tongue.
And it is perfectly understandable for a reasonable person to conclude the Tory leader speaks with forked tongue.
I've always quite liked the bloke for his honesty, but he is speaking with forked tongue on this one.
For once in its life, Hollywood does not speak with forked tongue.
But Bashir probably recognised then what we all now know, that the only way to speak to Michael Jackson was with forked tongue and, in that sense, his documentary might be more illuminating second time round.