Make conflicting or evasive statements; equivocate.
Mid 17th century: from Latin tergiversat- ‘with one’s back turned’, from the verb tergiversari, from tergum ‘back’ + vertere ‘to turn’.
“The more he’d tergiversate, the clearer it became to the press he didn’t belong on the podium.”
Secretly allow (something immoral, illegal, or harmful) to occur.
Conspire to do something immoral, illegal, or harmful.
Early 17th century: from French conniver or Latin connivere ‘shut the eyes (to)’, from con- ‘together’ + an unrecorded word related to nictare ‘to wink’.
Blow a current of air through (grain) in order to remove the chaff./ Manually remove chaff from grain.
Remove (people or things) from a group until only the best ones are left./ Find the useful part of something.
Old English windwian, from wind (see wind).