Definition of shroud-waving in English:



  • [mass noun] (especially in the context of health-care funding) the practice of focusing on the potentially negative effects of a particular policy in order to influence public opinion.

    ‘he accused Labour councils of shroud-waving over spending cuts’
    [as modifier] ‘the government's shroud-waving critics’
    • ‘But the NHS already has its bid in, with shroud-waving warnings of future black holes catching BBC headlines last week.’
    • ‘Until then, the danger is not Tory shroud-waving or Lib Dem posturing but Labour doubt.’
    • ‘If they could be destroyed in days or weeks and the hungry fed, I would plead guilty to every charge of alarmism and shroud-waving.’
    • ‘"This is not shroud-waving," he pointed out.’
    • ‘But at least, they assume, the reward will be a grateful NHS with no trouble from shroud-waving nurses and doctors.’
    • ‘He looks a bit like one of those people off the old shroud-waving kinds of American crime shows, chasing one little ambulance after another.’
    • ‘Many decent doctors blench at the crude and dishonest shroud-waving carried out in their name.’
    • ‘Privatisation contracts are already being refinanced and sold in the market, leaving hospital owners with no long-term responsibility for care and managers "shroud-waving" at ministers for extra money.’
    • ‘So the member should stop ambulance-chasing and shroud-waving, because that is all it is.’
    • ‘Maybe we grew too ready to ignore the shroud-waving politicians and doom-mongering police chiefs.’
    • ‘Yet he was not above his own shroud-waving, warning that any cut in his budget would be "exploited".’
    • ‘The years that followed were sour with complaints of underfunded public services, shroud-waving health providers and food banks.’
    • ‘He was clearly thinking that he would rather deal with factory closures than the ambulance chasing and shroud-waving which characterises most political debate and media coverage of Health in this country.’
    • ‘One hesitates to do the shroud-waving argument, but we survive because we haven't had any big outbreaks.’