Verb(1) be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
(1) Why should we believe you when it is well known that all lawyers prevaricate ?(2) he seemed to prevaricate when journalists asked pointed questions(3) While they talk and prevaricate , foot and mouth could be back in the country tomorrow, and if that happens both farming and rural-based tourism in this country will take 50 years to recover.(4) They don't have the balls to admit that they were caught out, so they attack and lie and prevaricate and do everything to shuffle out from under it.(5) Having been awarded the game they then spent almost three weeks prevaricating before eventually deciding to play the game early last week.(6) That is they kept quibbling and prevaricating and showing stubbornness.(7) I met people who had endured 12 hours of mis-information and prevarication before they boarded a plane.(8) Even so, he has continued his policy of deception and prevarication .(9) Ipso facto, if an intelligent person continues to allege them, he is prevaricating .(10) The machine has no respect for doubters or prevaricators ; it has no patience for those uncertain of their position.(11) Why should they waste the time of the court and disgrace themselves by prevaricating like pickpockets merely to employ the barristers?(12) They simply must stop prevaricating and comply with the WTO ruling.(13) I know I make it appear that I sit around all day wondering what my own skull looks like and prevaricating (and there is a fair amount of that, I have to say) but I do actually work quite hard.(14) Aside from our agent, I too was at a loss as to why we were still prevaricating over the deal.(15) We do not care about the silly prevarications of politicians, whether it be about the democratic system or weapons of mass destruction.(16) It is extremely inappropriate for senior politicians to be prevaricating on the issue of corruption.
(1) prevaricate :: lieg
1. be evasive ::
2. beat around the bush ::
kom nie by die punt uit nie
3. hedge ::
4. fence ::
5. shilly-shally ::
8. equivocate ::
9. waffle ::
10. temporize ::
12. hem and haw ::
soom en Haw
13. tergiversate ::
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