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.

passive-aggressive behavior,

n behavior that reflects hostility or resentment through indirect nonviolent means, such as procrastination, inefficiency, forgetfulness, and stubbornness.
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Some hide anger because they believe it's wrong, or to avoid confrontation - then it leaks out anyway as passive aggression.
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.
to bring the warring queen As Miss Elizabeth Mapp, Miranda Richardson is armed with slightly too large false teeth to turn her overly polite smiles into acts of passive aggression.
Miranda as Elizabeth 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.
Miranda |as Elizabeth 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.
Egypt: Passive Aggression and Counter-revolution: Voters, Youth Stay Home 'Voting was abruptly extended from two days to three in Egypt's presidential election on Tuesday,' because many Egyptians see the whole process as a farce.
The author, Dr Nora Femenia begins by studying childhood experiences, coming up with interesting conclusions in the realm of passive aggressive psychology: passive aggression may be largely dependent on the attachment model learned within the child's relationship to his guardian.
In a possible act of passive aggression, Justin announced to fans that he would be hosting an-hour long live video stream during the Grammy's ceremony to play some new music and hold a Q+A, (http://mashable.
Now that the deal is done, however, Kraft will have its work cut out overcoming the pale-faced, passive aggression on display on Wednesday.
No doubt, such passive aggression may be able to get them fired, but how will they get caught?
Passive aggression - the outward expansion of the Eurosphere - is what Europe needs.
At times the group plays with the same passive aggression of an amplifier pushed to its max and then suddenly listeners experience chills as a keyboard is stroked ever so lightly.

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