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not mince (one's) words

To speak very bluntly and directly, without regard to whether one's words may upset someone. 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 your words.
See also: mince, not, word

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.
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mince matters

Also, mince words. Moderate or restrain one's language to be polite or avoid giving offense. Today these phrases are nearly always put negatively, as in Not to mince matters, I feel he should resign, or Don't mince words-say what you mean. The usage dates from the mid-1500s and transfers cutting something such as meat into small pieces to minimizing the harsh impact of words.
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thick as mince

mainly SCOTTISH
If someone is as thick as mince, they are very stupid. No point in expecting any real help from her department — most of them are as thick as mince. Well, what do you expect? She's as thick as mince.
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not mince your words

or

not mince words

COMMON If you do not mince your words or do not mince words, you state your opinions clearly and directly, even if it offends people. She told him exactly where he'd gone wrong and she didn't mince her words. You always know you'll get the truth from Dan. He's not one to mince his words. I tell it like it is. I don't mince words.
See also: mince, not, word

not mince words (or matters)

speak candidly and directly, especially when criticizing someone or something.
See also: mince, not, word

not mince your ˈwords

(also not ˈmince matters) speak openly or directly; say what you think, even though you may offend somebody: Sir John, never a man to mince his words, said in a TV interview that the government had lied.I won’t mince matters: I think it’s a stupid idea. OPPOSITE: pull your punches
See also: mince, not, word
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They cut out joints such as sirloin and the rest is minced.
1/2 to 1 red serrano OR jalapeno chile, seeded if desired (to remove a good deal of spiciness), and minced
The Sir Robert Boyle Minced Meat Pie was made in honour of the father of chemistry, Sir Robert Boyle, who turned 21 in 1648.
Add tomatoes and juice, minced anchovies, ham, capers, and chilies to meat.
Cottage Pie Ingredients 75g (3oz) extra lean minced beef, pork, turkey or Quorn 1 small onion (60g or 2 oz) chopped finely 1 red pepper chopped 1 carrot sliced 6 mushrooms, sliced 125g (5oz) mashed potato Mixed salad to serveMethod # Cook the mince until browned, drain and set aside Add the chopped onion and cook until starting to soften (about 3-4 minutes) in the pan that you cooked the meat in.
Shepherd's pie is traditionally made with minced lamb whereas cottage pie is made with minced beef - both topped with fluffy mashed potato.
finely chopped fresh tarragon (or other fresh herb or more parsley) 1 jalapeno chili, seeded and minced 1/2 sp.
Scots butchers hang meat for up to 28 days to give it extra flavour before it is minced.
Minced meat consumers have not been put off by a marked price rise.
1 habanero pepper OR other milder chile pepper, seeded and minced
In the bolw of a food processor fitted with the metal blade attachment, puree the minced scallops and egg whites to form a rough puree about one minute With the motor running slowly add the heavy cream to form smooth paste.
juice) 2 to 4 lemons (1/2 cup juice) 1/2 cup dry white wine 3 cloves garlic, minced
Beef dominates mince consumption but other minced meats showed strong growth among consumers lost year.
When rice is done, remove from heat and gently stir in onion-tomato mixture and 1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro until blended.
Add the mustard, minced lemon, caper mix, and parsley and pulse to combine.