weasel words


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weasel words

pl n
informal intentionally evasive or misleading speech; equivocation
[C20: alluding to the weasel's supposed ability to suck an egg out of its shell without seeming to break the shell]
ˈweasel-ˌworded adj
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weasel words

pl (inf)Ausweichmanöver pl
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The Labour in Wales Welsh Labour government have run out of old tired excuses and tired soft weasel words to hide their failure.
I'll take the word of an experienced accountant, working in the real world, rather than the weasel words of a political spin doctor any day.
Well sorry, but I'll take the word of an experienced accountant, working in the real world, than the weasel words of a political spin doctor any day.
All we have heard was soundbites and weasel words in an attempt to excuse the problems.
Dodging questions with weasel words and a dishonest "no plans" formula will not do.
Weasel words, George, though weasels aren't involved.
These weasel words are scant consolation for those whose lives were destroyed by his arrogance.
is time, we will no doubt see the usual reliance on PR weasel words rather than genuine debate.
THE MD of Newcastle United will deserve a very small footnote in the sad history of sports industry weasel words by his comments on the behaviour of Papiss Cissse.
Weasel words are those that are twisted or misleading, used to benefit the individual uttering them.
Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith MP said: "The Welsh people know the truth, the Conservatives' only interest in Wales lies in attacking it and no amount of weasel words from the Conservative Party chairman will change that.
Secretary of State John Kerry, are likely sometime this year to culminate in an agreed FAPSthat is, a Framework Agreement for a Peace Settlementbut only by means of studied, deliberate ambiguity: a generous use of weasel words, the allowance of unilateral reservations, a nonbinding status, and the careful avoidance of the more intractable issues.