mixed message

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mixed message (plural mixed messages)

  1. (idiomatic) Any communication that is contradictory, inconsistent, or unclear, especially in its motive or intent.
    Don't you think it's sending a mixed message for the magazine to put "Lose Five Pounds in A Month" right next to "Ten Easy Desserts"?
    • 2021 October 11, Jan Hoffman, “Boosters Are Complicating Efforts to Persuade the Unvaccinated to Get Shots”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Of late, many who are wary of the vaccine say they have become more confused by what they see as mixed messages from federal health agencies and the White House.

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