call it/them as (one) sees it/them(redirected from call em as one sees em)
call it/them as (one) sees it/them
1. To make the decision that you feel is right in a given situation. The kids are usually allowed to stay up till 9, but call it as you see it. Definitely make bedtime earlier if they start getting cranky. All right, Ump, call 'em as you see 'em.
2. To describe or address something as you honestly think it is. You may think I sound harsh, but I call it as I see it. His weak apology is just an attempt to appease his very vocal critics. The boss is always fair, but she doesn't walk on eggshells with her criticism. She calls them as she sees them.
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