Idiom: speak / talk out of both sides of one’s mouth
Note: This idiom often describes when a person says different things about the same subject when with different people or in different situations.
— If that’s what he said to you then he’s talking out of both sides of his mouth.
— I thought Sheila was my friend but I discovered she was talking out of both sides of her mouth.
— Like many politicians, he's speaking out of both sides of his mouth and I can't trust him.
— Either you suddenly changed your mind about wanting to have kids or you're talking outside your mouth to your new girlfriend.
— The governor is talking out of both sides of his mouth. Yesterday, he said he'd wouldn't make masks mandatory and today he described enforcement penalties for those caught without them.
— Don't you love how the director talks out of both sides of her mouth? She says she's flexible with us working from home just announced daily mandatory in-person meetings.
— People will start to trust you when you stop talking out of both sides of your mouth.
— I can possibly postpone but not cancel the promised bonuses. The team will rightly believe I'm talking out of both sides of my mouth.
— Our daughter regularly talks out of both sides of her mouth with my ex-husband and I. We have to resolve this situation quickly.
— President Trump not only talks but also lies out of both sides of his mouth.
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