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Examples of weasel word in a Sentence
“Reorganization” is just a weasel word that the company is using to say that jobs are being eliminated.
Did You Know?
Some people believe that weasels can suck the insides out of an egg without damaging the shell. An egg thus weasel-treated would look fine on the outside, but it would actually be empty and useless. We don't know if weasels can really do that, but the belief that they could caused people to start using "weasel word" to refer to any term intended to give the impression that everything is fine when the speaker is really trying to avoid answering a question, telling the truth, or taking the blame for something.
WEASEL WORD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of weasel word for English Language Learners
: a word used in order to avoid being clear or direct
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