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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But instead of a binding guarantee, all she has offered is yet more weasel words.
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.
This reminds me of what Australian lawyer Julian Burnside meant when he wrote about 'weasel words,' examples of which are 'safe sex,' 'therapeutic abortions,' 'reproductive rights,' 'compassionate release' (for euthanasia), 'enhanced interrogation techniques' (for torture), etc.
Weasel words. And a really zealous bounty-hunter can earn as much as PS997 over the basic rate.
Weasel words, George, though weasels aren't involved.
These weasel words are scant consolation for those whose lives were destroyed by his arrogance.
What must also be absorbed is that the country is sick to its stomach with spin and weasel words. The national mood is for politicians guided by principle but who will address the country's real problems with straight talking and direct action.