mealy-mouthed

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Possibly from German Mehl im Maule behalten via Martin Luther

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mealy-mouthed (comparative more mealy-mouthed, superlative most mealy-mouthed)

  1. prone to speaking evasively, indirectly, or duplicitously; not forthright
    • 1849, Thoreau, A week on the Concord and Merrimack rivers, page 115
      The surliness with which the woodchopper speaks of his woods, handling them as indifferently as his axe, is better than the mealy-mouthed enthusiasm of the lover of nature.

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