mealy-mouthed mealy-mouthed

Definition(s):

  • (adj) hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy

Usage(s):

  1. The chance of a mealy-mouthed radical is less.
  2. I actually asked Hank Paulson in early December why Treasury hadn't done this, although I did in far more mealy-mouthed language than Ehrenberg.
  3. You made mealy-mouthed excuses, harbored a grudge, and went on dancing to the same old beltway tune.

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    Fingernails clawing their way down a chalkboard. Being stuck on a long flight with a screaming baby. Listening to a politician telling you why you should vote for them and not their mealy-mouthed opponent.
    on August 2, 2013     Source: The Biloxi Sun Herald

Quotes

  1. "Politicians are so mealy-mouthed, they would never admit if we'd angered them," Ferguson said. "We can be occasionally nasty but we're not mean-minded. We've never been sued or anything; it's not our style. We wanted our stuff to sting a...
    on Apr 1, 2008 By: Don Ferguson Source: Toronto Star

  2. Former WRU chief executive Moffett said: "After two days of calling on Roger Lewis to get round a table so we can strike a solution to this issue, to now just get a mealy-mouthed statement from the WRU press office is a disgrace, and it has taken an...
    on Oct 23, 2008 By: David Moffett Source: Independent

  3. "I've been fighting these people all my entire life," said Mr. Edwards, holding forth at Cronk's Restaurant in Denison. "I fought them in the courtroom, and I've beat them and beat them. We've got to stop being mealy-mouthed and careful....
    on Aug 18, 2007 By: John Edwards Source: New York Times

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