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weasel word

noun
1.
a word used to temper the forthrightness of a statement; a word that makes one's views equivocal, misleading, or confusing.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism
Related forms
weasel-worded, adjective
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  • Another weasel word when you can't win any other way.
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weasel word

A word used to deprive a statement of its force or evade a direct commitment, as in Calling it “organized spontaneity” is using a weasel word; “organized” has sucked the meaning out of “spontaneity.” This idiom may allude to the weasel's habit of sucking the contents out of a bird's egg, so that only the shell remains. [ Late 1800s ]
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