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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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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.I.P.
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.