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
References in classic literature ?
His callousness was inhuman, and in my indignation I was not inclined to mince my words.
I am not going to mince my words here - when I say get yourselves down to A Play, a Pie and a Pint lunchtime theatre at Glasgow's Oran Mor sometime this week, I mean get yourselves down there.
BUN IN A MILLION I'm not going to mince my words so I will just say $250 for a burger in NY is ridiculous.