mince (one's) words

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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.
See also: mince, word

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.
See also: mince, word
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Michele Gumabao has left the confines of Pocari Sweat's camp and the vocal captain did not mince her words in expressing the disappointment she experienced with the team's management.
In her report, Naomi Eisenstadt does not mince her words when she says that these things are unsustainable and have to be changed but will the Scottish Government take note?
Straight talking Deborah Hopkins, just like Liverpool girls, doesn''t mince her words.She''ll do for us.
[bar] JESSIE J "doesn't mince her words", musician B.O.B has said.
Delia, 69, didn't mince her words at a ceremony on Tuesday marking a return to the Premier League.
Never one to mince her words, naughty Lil asked the Hollywood star if he had stripped off to win his role in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire.
EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes did not mince her words on September 8, saying restructuring aid "is among the most distortive types of state aid as it might result in artificially keeping ailing companies alive to the detriment of companies competing on their own merits".
Joan has been around for a long time and her success seems to be down to the way she doesn't mince her words. She also has the heart to see when someone is suffering - even though she'd be the last person to admit it.
IF there's one thing we know about Gillian McKeith, it's that she doesn't mince her words. So we might have guessed that she would be the presenter of the harshly-titled Three Fat Brides, One Thin Dress (Channel 4, Tuesday).
As usual, the Californian realestate agent doesn't mince her words when it comes to telling the owners what's what - but once they get over the initial shock, they agree to go along with her plans to remove the clutter, take up the carpets and paint over the hideous old wallpaper.
NEVER one to mince her words, Charlotte Church has laid into Britney Spears.
PAMELA ANDERSON didn't mince her words at her book signing in London's Virgin Megastore.
FORMER PD minister Liz O'Donnell didn't mince her words when she demanded an end to the cosy relationship between the state and the Catholic Church - and she is dead right.
``She tends to mince her words a bit and I don't think she will be able to hold her own against him.''
As usual, an indignant Kim does not mince her words and awards domestic delinquent Georgina "the prize for the dirtiest, rottenest hovel".