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mealy-mouthed

Pronunciation: /ˌmiːliˈmaʊðd/

Translation of mealy-mouthed in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo

  • [pejorative/peyorativo] excesivamente comedido, con demasiados miramientos let's not be mealy-mouthed about it hablemos francamente, dejémonos de rodeos
    Example sentences
    • Was this, as the Standard was to allege, merely mealy-mouthed hypocrisy, a strategy to protect their immediate interests while searching elsewhere for more legitimate supplies of cocoa?
    • At the same time there is a reaction to the mealy-mouthed media laziness that culturally equates ‘urban’ and ‘black’.
    • I'm sick of all the mealy-mouthed mutts who want something for nothing.

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Spain's 1978 Constitution granted areas of competence competencias to each of the autonomous regions it created. It also established that these could be modified by agreements, called estatutos de autonomía or just estatutos, between central government and each of the autonomous regions. The latter do not affect the competencias of central government which controls the army, etc. For example, Navarre, the Basque Country and Catalonia have their own police forces and health services, and collect taxes on behalf of central government. Navarre has its own civil law system, fueros, and can levy taxes which are different to those in the rest of Spain. In 2006, Andalusia, Valencia and Catalonia renegotiated their estatutos. The Catalan Estatut was particularly contentious.