speak (one's) mind

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speak (one's) mind

To voice one's thoughts plainly or bluntly. Can I just speak my mind, even though you probably won't like what I have to say?
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speak one's mind

Fig. to say frankly what one thinks (about something). Please let me speak my mind, and then you can do whatever you wish. You can always depend on John to speak his mind. He'll let you know what he really thinks.
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speak one's mind

Also, speak out. Say what one really thinks, talk freely and fearlessly, as in Will you give me a chance to speak my mind or am I supposed to agree with everything you say? or Jan welcomed the chance to speak out about abortion. The first term dates from about 1600, the variant from the late 1600s. Also see speak one's piece.
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speak your mind

express your feelings or opinions frankly.
1982 Marion Z. Bradley The Mists of Avalon Someday she would be too weary or too unguarded to care, and she would speak her mind to the priest.
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speak your ˈmind

say exactly what you think, in a very direct way: I like a man who speaks his mind. OPPOSITE: bite your tongue
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If people are terrified to speak their minds for fear of being I have lost count of the number of celebrities who have been induced to say incriminating things by this well-used ruse.
Five Manitoba ministers who started a revolt against the leadership of NDP Premier Greg Selinger resigned their cabinet posts today, citing "turmoil" and "grave concerns" about not being able to speak their minds in government.
Assembly Members and MPs are free to speak their minds and even dish out abuse with impunity, whilst even the most innocuous of passing comments from councillors may be subject to months of investigation.
The young people, from New College Durham, are holding a showcase of their versions of classic songs from artists who aren't afraid to speak their minds on political issues, such as U2, REM and Pink.
Founded by freelance journalist HeathCliff Rothman, the contest was created to encourage young people to speak their minds by making films about important social issues.
Too many politicians fail to speak their minds, that is until they are out of office in cosy retirement and looking to make money from their memoirs or diaries.
The women characters are strong: they speak their minds, they listen to their hearts.
I enjoy Chris's forthright column and UKIP welcomes people who speak their minds rather thank ow -towing to political correctness.
I'm alarmed that dissent is increasingly less tolerated, and that those in power seem unable to resist trying to intimidate those who speak their minds.
We are all human beings, whatever our colour, and nobody should be afraid to speak their minds.
With the Commons full of time-servers and crawlers, we need another Chamber with people willing to speak their minds, and hopefully having minds to speak.
Whether it was apathy, drizzly weather or a reflection of a business community satisfied with the Harris government's job in cutting outdated laws and regulations, only about a half a dozen people turned out to speak their minds before the provincial government's Red Tape Commission during a stopover in Sudbury.
I still talk to a number of them - after all, I played with a lot of them - and there is definitely a feeling that they are scared to speak their minds.
For instance, he says, some chimps have hypoglossal canals that are proportionately three times as large as those of some modern humans, although only the people speak their minds.
Challenging Congress to check their assumptions about teenage sexuality and pregnancy prevention before voting on increasing funding for abstinence-only sex education, the nation's top experts in adolescent health speak their minds in a thought-provoking book released today, aptly titled "Reality Check.