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double-talk

or dou·ble·talk

[duhb-uh l-tawk]
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noun
  1. speech using nonsense syllables along with words in a rapid patter.
  2. deliberately evasive or ambiguous language: When you try to get a straight answer, he gives you double-talk.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to engage in double-talk.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to accomplish or persuade by double-talk.
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Origin of double-talk

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40
Related formsdou·ble-talk·er, noun
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  • Now they would stall him off about the machines after handing him a fast line of double-talk.

    Assassin

    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • Also, it has some of the elements of modern international diplomacy in its double-talk and duplicity.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney