passive-aggressive behavior

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pas·sive-ag·gres·sive be·hav·ior

apparently compliant behavior, with intrinsic obstructive or stubborn qualities, to cover deeply felt aggressive feelings that cannot be more directly expressed.

pas·sive-ag·gres·sive be·ha·vi·or

(pasiv-ă-gresiv bĕ-hāvyŏr)
Apparently compliant behavior, with intrinsic obstructive or stubborn qualities, to cover deeply held aggressive feelings that cannot be more directly expressed.
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Jon said: "I hope viewers will gain a real insight into the sniping and passive aggression that we enjoy on a daily basis and will come away feeling better about their own relationships."
But you will never have seen passive aggression like it.
Almost all our conversations started with some faux passive aggression. If he hadn't been in touch for a few weeks, he would initiate an exchange by accusing me of being a bad person.
"While not all the phrases show a difference in transatlantic understanding, there are some statements where many Yanks are in danger of missing the serious passive aggression we Brits employ," YouGov said,BBC Newsreported.
My younger brothers also have some sort of passive aggression due to gaming addiction.'
That's certainly true of Mag and Maureen, discontent and dependent people whose passive aggression and caustic exchanges reflect long-held grievances.
When they do express emotion, it runs a narrow gamut from passive aggression to unreflective selfishness, feral rage to narcissistic grief.
Is the passive aggression a plaster hiding insecurity?
"The key to passive aggression is deniability," Paterson says.
As Miss Elizabeth Mapp, Miranda Richardson is armed with a set of slightly too large false teeth to turn her overly polite smiles into acts of pure passive aggression, while Anna Chancellor as the elegant Mrs Emmeline "Lucia" Lucas looks as though she has stepped straight out of the 1930s.
I had a friend at a company who was perhaps the ultimate example of passive aggression. He did not really like working for the company and eventually left.

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