weasel words

weasel word

noun
a word used to temper the forthrightness of a statement; a word that makes one's views equivocal, misleading, or confusing.

Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism

weasel-worded, adjective
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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]
 
'weasel-worded
 
adj

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