mince words

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
References in classic literature ?
Simon de Montfort was no man to mince words, and it is doubtless that the old reprobate who sued for his daughter's hand heard some unsavory truths from the man who had twice scandalized England's nobility by his rude and discourteous, though true and candid, speeches to the King.
One of the interviewees, Moishe, who performs as Moksha, doesn't mince words when it comes to the specific issues that comes with his life as a queen that performs in Jerusalem.
Corker didn't mince words in his tweet in response: "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center.
Richard Gordon did not mince words as they slammed how the judges and referees did their job.
Summary: Lebanon is on a precipice-- a serious one, if we are to not mince words -- and it is certain politicians that are pushing us there.
Author Nikol Hasler does not mince words or talk down to the reader, covering topics such as sexual identity, birth control, dating and relationships, communicating about sex, sex and the internet, how to use a condom, how to safely practice oral, vaginal, or anal sex, and much more.
Bilawal did not mince words when he wrote a note of warning to the government that sounded very much like Pakistan TehreekeInsaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan's daily monitions to the same.
Let me not mince words, the challenges before you and before all of us are formidable.
Australia head coach Ric Charlesworth, never one to mince words, was scathing in his remarks.
Timo Soini does not hide his faith in this secular society, nor does he mince words in upholding "non-negotiable values" relating to family, marriage, and life.
King doesn't mince words about the veteran scribe: "No other black playwright before had exerted a greater influence on contemporary black theatre.
Antony who is now the federal defence minister, did not mince words in his criticism of the state's top leadership.
Some might say that Rabbi Dovid Bendory, rabbinic director of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, takes an alarmist view regarding similar rioting stateside, but Bendoiy doesn't mince words for his readers about the combined threat of violent rioting with reactionary, draconian gun-control legislation.
President Barack Obama, in his Wednesday news conference, did not mince words regarding Congressional Republicans' position on the debt ceiling.