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shroud-waving Line breaks: shroud-waving

Definition of shroud-waving in English:


[mass noun] British informal
(Especially in the context of health-care funding) the practice of focusing on the potentially negative effects of a particular policy in order to influence public opinion: he accused Labour councils of shroud-waving over spending cuts [as modifier]: the government’s shroud-waving critics
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  • But at least, they assume, the reward will be a grateful NHS with no trouble from shroud-waving nurses and doctors.
  • But the NHS already has its bid in, with shroud-waving warnings of future black holes catching BBC headlines last week.
  • Yet he was not above his own shroud-waving, warning that any cut in his budget would be "exploited".
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