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    423 36.66%
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    Default Mealy-mouthed

    You can check the definition of the idiom mealy-mouthed here.

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    Default Re: Mealy-mouthed

    It's like talking while your mouth's full!

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    Default Re: Mealy-mouthed

    Not brave enough to say what you mean directly and honestly.

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    Default Re: Mealy-mouthed

    got right.
    At this idiom the image that my mind comes up with is of the person who has been eating busily, heavily or carelessly and as a result has food/food crumbs around their lips. Don't know why (this image).

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    Wink Re: Mealy-mouthed

    Surely how would someone speak clearly with a food-filled mouth??????

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    Default Re: Mealy-mouthed

    Quote Originally Posted by Huda-M View Post
    Surely how would someone speak clearly with a food-filled mouth??????
    I've discovered that this can be done with enough practice.


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    Default Re: Mealy-mouthed

    A mealy-mouthed person is someone who says unclearly what he means, usually in order to hide the truth, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    A mealy-mouthed person is someone who says unclearly what he means, usually in order to hide the truth, isn't it?
    It's usually because the person is not confident enough to tell the truth or is afraid of being direct and to the point for some reason. It could have something to do with not wanting to reveal the truth - or wanting to hide the truth.
    Last edited by PROESL; 26-Aug-2009 at 04:17.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    A mealy-mouthed person is someone who says unclearly what he means, usually in order to hide the truth, isn't it?
    What are you drinking?

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    Default Meaning:

    Hi,

    MEALY MOUTHED:Hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy

    Ex:"a mealymouthed politician"

    Thanks

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