make no bones about


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make no bones about

Act or speak frankly about something, without hesitation or evasion. For example, Tom made no bones about wanting to be promoted, or Make no bones about it-she's very talented. Versions of this expression date back to the mid-1400s and the precise allusion is no longer known. Some believe it meant a boneless stew or soup that one could eat without hesitation; others relate it to dice, originally made from bones, that were thrown without hesitation or fuss.
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make no ˈbones about something/about doing something

not hesitate to do something; be honest and open about something: She made no bones about telling him she wanted a pay rise.He makes no bones about the fact that he’s been in prison.
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make no bones about

To be forthright and candid about; acknowledge freely: They make no bones about their dislike for each other.
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make no bones about

To speak frankly and directly. A form of this expression was used as early as the 15th century and meant “without difficulty.” The reference is to the bones in stews or soup. Soup without bones would offer no difficulty, and accordingly, one would have no hesitation in swallowing soup with no bones.
See also: bone, make