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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Carpio has not minced words in criticizing the government's inaction on China's militarization on the disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea.
Nagpur, India: He coined the title 'Prince of Calcutta,' though Geoffrey Boycott never minced words in the past if his favourite Sourav Ganguly was found wanting in batting.
Even since, Hansen has immersed himself in the problem, and he has not minced words about global warming's dangers.
"Survival," he notes grimly, "depends ultimately on power itself," and "in this world...one must be the hammer or the anvil." These are not the minced words of a Washington policy-debate insider.
Some Europeans haven't exactly minced words about it, either.
He never shied from the task, never minced words, knew which side he was on, and told both management and the workers that he had made a choice.