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Why is someone mealy-mouthed?


What is the origin of the phrase 'mealy-mouthed'?
James, London


** Definitive **
Name: Jill
Qualification: Looked it up in Brewers Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Answer: It means softly-spoken, as if you have meal in your mouth. It started off as a criticism of diction, but became one of intent instead, not saying what you really mean.

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