from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An equivocal word used to deprive a statement of its force or to evade a direct commitment.
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- noun pejorative A word used to qualify a statement so as to make it potentially misleading.
- verb To use weasel words.
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- noun an equivocal qualification; a word used to avoid making an outright assertion
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[From the weasel's habit of sucking the contents out of an egg without breaking the shell.]
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