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(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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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thick as mince

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


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.
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not mince words (or matters)

speak candidly and directly, especially when criticizing someone or something.
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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
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mince words, not to

To speak plainly, without equivocating to avoid giving offense. This expression, also put as not to mince matters, dates from Shakespeare’s time (he used it in Othello and Antony and Cleopatra) and in effect transfers the cutting into small pieces of some object, like meat, to moderating or softening one’s language.
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4 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed METHOD Mix together both minces, three quarters of the breadcrumbs, spring onion, carrot, mint, coriander, curry paste, Garam masala and egg.
I purchased six mince pies and caught the bus home.
- Turn off the flame and let the cooked mince cool down before mixing in all the vegetables.
You don't want a disappointing mince pie around Christmas time so to save you wasting your money on bland bakes, we've sampled all of the supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Lildl, Marks and Spencer, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, The Co-Op and bakeries Sayers and Greggs to find the best of the bunch.
4 SUGAR, apples, raisin and candied oranges and lemons were only added to the recipe later to become the mince pies we enjoy today.
And among the many things that I do(did) not know is that mince pies do not have mince in them but little bits of sticky fruit.
I was also given the job of paring meat from bones for mince, although there was very little meat, if any, left.
Spoon 1/3 of the mince into a 2 litre (3.5 pint) ovenproof dish and top with 5 sheets dried lasagne.
FOODFO-Baked Potato with Cheesy Mince Topping PROPOINTS' VALUE PER SERVING: 8 SERVINGS: 4 PREPARATION TIME: 15 min COOKING TIME: 60 min LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Easy Make a meal out of baked potatoes with this tasty minced beef filling, topped with salad and crumbled feta cheese Ingredients 4 large potatoes 250g extra lean beef mince, cooked 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 100g mushrooms, finely chopped 100ml fresh stock 1 level tbsp tomato puree 50g feta cheese, crumbled 1 bunch watercress, to serve ' small red onion, to serve 2 individual cherry tomatoes, to serve Instructions Preheat oven to gas mark 6/200C/400F.
Summary: So-called "lean" mince sold in supermarkets can contain up to 25 per cent fat - more than the standard alternative, according to a study.