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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

(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."
See also: mince, thick

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.
See also: matter, mince, not

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

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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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Pantnagar (Uttarakhand), Dec 25 (ANI): A new fish mincing machine installed on the campus of the GB Pant University which brought a new dawn for the fishermen in the region.
According to the technicians, by using this fish mincing technology a new cottage industry can be established.
The BMPA warned that the carcase balance needed to be maintained and stressed that not all meat could be sent for mincing.
Only has one attachment for basic mincing, but it is brilliant at that.
EASY to assemble and use with settings for mincing or sausage-making (comes with a sausage attachment).
However, mechanically mincing the fish, combined with its high level of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), causes lipid oxidation and fishy odors to develop when the product is in frozen storage.
Actually, making mince in a food processor tends to give moister, tenderer mince because the fibres in the meat have not been torn apart as they are during the traditional mincing process.
Mincing the parsley into the desired 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch particles used to take a long time.