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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He did not mince his words. His attitude towards a member of the peerage was that of the terrier to the perambulating cat.
The piece's author, Robert Silverman, does not mince his words. "Over the past three years," he thunders, Rivera "served at the pleasure of a racist president, taken part in thinly veiled propaganda on behalf of a far-right government in Israel, and gotten chummy with outright bigots and apocalyptic loons.
He didnt mince his words, mentioning Al-Shabaab by name and casting doubt on its claim to be based on religion.
Coach Yeng Guiao is someone who doesn't mince his words.
Defender Ream (below) did not mince his words after the Cottagers missed out on second place in the Championship to Cardiff.
HE doesn't mince his words. So here are Liam Gallagher's quotes of the week as he drops new single, For What It's Worth.
"He didn't mince his words but would watch young jockeys on the northern circuit and tell them where he thought they could improve.
The Exiles lost 1-0 to a contentious Jay Simpson penalty five minutes from time at the Matchroom Stadium, and Feeney didn't mince his words after the game, telling reporters: "That's possibly one of the worst decisions I've seen in the game.
Wane has always been a no-nonsense operator and he certainly didn't mince his words last Thursday.
Summary: Health Minister Wael Abu Faour didn't mince his words at Tuesday's news conference naming and shaming Lebanese food establishments which are pushing the definitions of cleanliness.
ALAN SHEARER did not mince his words in the Chronicle's big exclusive with the former England and Newcastle United captain this week.
Never one to, ahem, mince his words, Morrissey famously flounced off midway through his set at the Coachella festival in 2009 because he could "smell burning flesh".
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Speaking to Sudan Tribune in Juba on Sunday, Ayat said he would not mince his words in advocating for separation.
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner explains how the gap between him and Martin O'Neill proved too big to plug .........................PAGE 55 The manager has moved on but club skipper Stiliyan Petrov's thoughts are focused on the new Premier League season ...............PAGE 55After a hectic few days for Villa owner Randy Lerner Peter Sharkey assesses the impact of overseas ownership............................PAGE 56 Bill Howell previews the season for all our Midland clubs and reveals where O'Neill's rein started to go wrong..................PAGE 58 Villa director General C Krulak is not one to mince his words and he sent O'Neill packing with a flea in his ear ...........PAGE 59