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weasel word

n.
An equivocal word used to deprive a statement of its force or to evade a direct commitment.

[From the weasel's habit of sucking the contents out of an egg without breaking the shell.]

wea′sel word`


n.
a word used to avoid stating something forthrightly or directly; a word that makes one's views misleading or confusing.
[1895–1900, Amer.]
wea′sel-word`ed, adj.
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Noun1.weasel word - an equivocal qualification; a word used to avoid making an outright assertion
reservation, qualification - a statement that limits or restricts some claim; "he recommended her without any reservations"

weasel word

noun
The use or an instance of equivocal language:
Informal: waffle.
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POLITICAL correctness is a weasel phrase derived from an illegitimate conjunction of two words, rendering it meaningless or sucking out its meaning, as a weasel sucks out the contents of an egg.
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I expect you're expecting the weasel phrase "don't get me wrong" to appear very soon in this piece.