not to put too fine a point on it


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not to put too fine a point on it

Not to belabor the point or dwell on a minor detail. Said to excuse oneself for doing exactly that. Not to put too fine a point on it, but that's a granny knot, not a square knot.
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not to put too fine a point on it

Fig. a phrase introducing a fine or important point, apologetically. Rachel: Not to put too fine a point on it, Mary, but you're still acting a little rude to Tom. Mary: I'm sorry, but that's the way I feel. John: I think, not to put too fine a point on it, you ought to do exactly as you are told. Andy: And I think you ought to mind your own business.
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not to put too fine a point on it

BRITISH
You say not to put too fine a point on it in order to show that what you are about to say may sound unpleasant, unkind, or offensive. He is, not to put too fine a point on it, a bit of a bore. Kerry's boyfriend of seven years, not to put too fine a point on it, dumped her just before their wedding.
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not to put too fine a point on it

to speak bluntly.
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not to put too fine a ˈpoint on it

used when you are about to speak very directly or honestly: Not to put too fine a point on it, I think you’ve been a complete idiot.
See also: fine, not, on, point, put