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not mince (one's) words

To speak very bluntly and directly, without regard to whether one's words may upset someone. 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 your words.
See also: mince, not, word

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.
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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.
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mince matters

Also, mince words. Moderate or restrain one's language to be polite or avoid giving offense. Today these phrases are nearly always put negatively, as in Not to mince matters, I feel he should resign, or Don't mince words-say what you mean. The usage dates from the mid-1500s and transfers cutting something such as meat into small pieces to minimizing the harsh impact of words.
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thick as mince

mainly SCOTTISH
If someone is as thick as mince, they are very stupid. No point in expecting any real help from her department — most of them are as thick as mince. Well, what do you expect? She's as thick as mince.
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not mince your words

or

not mince words

COMMON If you do not mince your words or do not mince words, you state your opinions clearly and directly, even if it offends people. She told him exactly where he'd gone wrong and she didn't mince her words. You always know you'll get the truth from Dan. He's not one to mince his words. I tell it like it is. I don't mince words.
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not mince words (or matters)

speak candidly and directly, especially when criticizing someone or something.
See also: mince, not, word

not mince your ˈwords

(also not ˈmince matters) speak openly or directly; say what you think, even though you may offend somebody: Sir John, never a man to mince his words, said in a TV interview that the government had lied.I won’t mince matters: I think it’s a stupid idea. OPPOSITE: pull your punches
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TO make the most of your cash, why not turn your leftover meat into delicious mince.
The bank dedicated $100,000 to a trust fund set up for her children, Andrew and Stephanie Mince, and private residents donated an additional $47,000.
4 by Jeff Mince, Leech's ex-husband and the father of her two children, claims the bank improperly withheld the $47,000 of public donations in its own trust fund and made Leech's mother, Elaine Cavaletto, the trustee.
A spokesman for Western Financial Bank declined to comment on the suit, as did Cavaletto and Jeff Mince.
Mince, who has had custody of the children since his ex-wife's death, had sought money from the fund to pay for what he said were the immediate expenses of settling the two children in his home.
Shea said Mince also had requested money to pay for braces for Stephanie, for therapy for the children, for new furniture for the household, for bicycles and for a family vacation.
Mince felt it would be good for the family to get away from it all for a little while, together,'' Shea said.