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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.
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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

(as) thick as mince

slang Remarkably stupid, dimwitted, or obtuse. Primarily heard in UK. Jen's new girlfriend is very nice, but she's thick as mince. The MP was caught on a hot mic calling his colleague "as thick as mince."
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not mince matters

To speak very bluntly and directly, without regard to whether one's words may cause upset or controversy. Wow, your aunt really doesn't mince matters when she discusses politics, huh? I won't mince matters—our company is in dire straits.
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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.
See also: matter, mince

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
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Cllr Paul Bettison, chairman of LG Regulation, said: "When it comes to labelling minced beef, confusion reigns supreme.
However, the fat and gristle content of some minced beef varied to such an extent between retailers that consumers faced an impossible task understanding what they were buying, with some "lean" or "extra lean" products proving more fatty than standard mince.
At the moment, the plant produces 90,000 trays of minced meat a day.
This minced fish needs to be stored at -50 degree Celsius.
Cooked wild rice, minced garlic, sauteed onions and mushrooms, and dry sherry
Additional experiments were set up to investigate the observed inhibition in minced lamb at 5 C.
reduced-calorie margarine 3/4 cup onion, minced 1 1/2" piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1 1/2 tsp.
Add 1/3 cup wine, minced onion, sage, and minced garlic to skillet.
Cottage or shepherd's pie with bubble and squeak topping Serves: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Ingredients 450g/1lb lean beef or lamb mince (beef for cottage and lamb for shepherd's) 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped 15ml/1tbsp plain flour 15ml/1tbsp tomato puree 15ml/1tbsp Worcestershire sauce 450ml/3/4 pint stock 675g/11/2lb potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks 250g/9oz Savoy cabbage, shredded Knob of butter Milk Salt and freshly milled black pepper Method In a non-stick pan dry fry the minced beef or lamb with the onion and carrots, until the mince is browned.
THE cost of traditional family meals like cottage pie and spaghetti bolognese is soaring as the price of minced beef rockets.
Mince beef sales were up 20% to 587m [pounds sterling], and minced lamb up 26% to 42m [pounds sterling] [TNS 52w/e 28 December], while beef sales as a whole rose just 7.
THE price of minced beef and lamb could rise by 40p a pound thanks to an EU ruling, experts say.
5 fl oz chicken, beef or lamb stock; 450g/1lb minced lamb; 1tsp anchovy essence; 10ml/2sp Worcester sauce; 2 bay leaves; 2 sprigs of thyme, salt and pepper.
In bowl of a food processor, combine garlic and ginger and process until minced.