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mince words

To speak vaguely or indirectly. Often used in the negative to convey that one speaks bluntly or tactlessly, without regard for someone else's feelings. A possessive adjective can be used between "mince" and "words." I hate to watch debates, which are really just two-hour marathons of talking heads mincing their words. Wow, your aunt really doesn't mince words. Is my sweatshirt really that ugly?
See also: mince, word
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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