pull no punches


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pull no punches

To act without restraint or limitations. Everyone around here is so afraid to be honest with me because I'm the boss, but I need you to pull no punches—what exactly do you think is wrong with the company?
See also: pull, punch

pull no punches

Behave unrestrainedly, hold nothing back, as in The doctor pulled no punches but told us the whole truth. This expression comes from boxing, where to pull one's punches means "to hit less hard than one can." This idiom, too, has been applied more generally, as in They decided to pull their punches during these delicate negotiations. [First half of 1900s]
See also: pull, punch