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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

not mince matters

To speak (about something) very bluntly and directly, without regard to whether one's words may cause upset or controversy. Wow, your aunt really doesn't mince matters when she discusses politics, huh? I won't mince matters—our company is in dire straits.
See also: matter, mince, not
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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EASY to assemble and use with settings for mincing or sausage-making (comes with a sausage attachment).
Has plates for mincing as well as a sausage stuffer attachment.
However, mechanically mincing the fish, combined with its high level of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), causes lipid oxidation and fishy odors to develop when the product is in frozen storage.
But MPC did not protect fatty acids from degrading, much of which may have already occurred during the mechanical mincing of the mince.
Actually, making mince in a food processor tends to give moister, tenderer mince because the fibres in the meat have not been torn apart as they are during the traditional mincing process.