mince (one's) words

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mince (one's) words

To speak vaguely or indirectly. Often used in the negative to convey the opposite, meaning that one speaks without regard to whether their words may upset someone. Can be used with or without a possessive. I hate to watch debates, which are really just two-hour marathons of talking heads mincing words. Wow, your aunt really doesn't mince her words. Is my sweatshirt really that ugly? Let me know what you think of the story when you're done, and, please, don't mince words.
See also: mince, word

mince (one's) words

to soften the effect of one's words. Tell me what you think, and don't mince your words. A frank person never minces words.
See also: mince, word
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He didn't mince his words but would watch young jockeys on the northern circuit and tell them where he thought they could improve.
The Exiles lost 1-0 to a contentious Jay Simpson penalty five minutes from time at the Matchroom Stadium, and Feeney didn't mince his words after the game, telling reporters: "That's possibly one of the worst decisions I've seen in the game.
Never one to mince his words, Padraig, inset, described Frances Fitzgerald's initiative as "bullshit" and, being a farmer, he should know.
Wane has always been a no-nonsense operator and he certainly didn't mince his words last Thursday.
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ALAN SHEARER did not mince his words in the Chronicle's big exclusive with the former England and Newcastle United captain this week.
Never one to, ahem, mince his words, Morrissey famously flounced off midway through his set at the Coachella festival in 2009 because he could "smell burning flesh".
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Speaking to Sudan Tribune in Juba on Sunday, Ayat said he would not mince his words in advocating for separation.
PAGE 58 Villa director General C Krulak is not one to mince his words and he sent O'Neill packing with a flea in his ear .
For me it was demoralising and I hope it was for the players" - Phil Brown does not mince his words after seeing Hull beaten 6-1 by Liverpool.
But MacPherson's team simply never turned up in the first half and the gaffer (left) didn't mince his words afterwards.
The German MEP does not propose to mince his words at a meeting with Mrs Merkel on 29 August to discuss the future German Presidency of the EU (first half of 2007).
As usual, not one to mince his words, Eminem tells it like it is.
Craig describes himself as a 'free marketeer', and at a public meeting in London last year he didn't mince his words about the need for the European Union and the USA to end their agricultural protectionism.