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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IT IS a sad time for Liverpool The passing of dear outspoken Rex The man in the street he delighted Some at the Town Hall we would vex A great ECHO columnist Who never minced his words With great love for the city though Born near Cammell Laird's Such a clever law man his knowledge would amaze Rex was so mentally alert never in a daze I just wish he had written a book That would have been some read Telling of corruption and secrets of the greed But Rex has taken them to his grave This truly remarkable man I don't know about Beatlemania I was definitely Rex Makin's fan R.
Chairman of selectors David Graveney admitted here in Lahore, where England are preparing for the one-day tournament in Sharjah, that Hussain had not minced his words.