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  • noun An atmosphere in which people claim to agree with leadership for political reasons, even when they don't actually agree with leadership
  • noun The state of being a yes man


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  • With Germany reeling from Alamein and Stalingrad, it was prone to that "wishfulness" and "yesmanship" that are the cardinal sins of counter-deception.

    Operation Mincemeat, Operation Heartbreak, and The Man Who Never Was 2010

  • The Chilcot inquiry has amply demonstrated the role of "wishfulness" and "yesmanship" in the decision to go to war.

    Top stories from Times Online 2010

  • Writing after the Second World War, Admiral John Godfrey, the former head of Naval Intelligence and the model for "M" in the James Bond novels (he was Ian Fleming's immediate boss), identified the twin frailties of German Intelligence as "wishfulness" and "yesmanship".

    Top stories from Times Online 2010

  • Our leaders cocoon themselves, refuse to hear unwelcome news, and reward yesmanship.

    The Full Feed from 2009

  • But I was rather hurt by the culture of ` yesmanship 'which affects the party too. "

    The Times of India 2009


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