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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
References in classic literature ?
Come, there is no use in our mincing words. Lucille has been badly treated years ago, and she has a perfect right to seek any consolation she may find.
Without mincing words, Kofi blatantly said 'no-one can prove otherwise, whites are wiser than the blacks'.
Mincing words about such trivial things such as a word to describe the action that begins the striker or hammer release is a tad disturbing.
To use a relevant metaphor, the "other side" typically brings a nuclear weapon to the fistfight when discussing gun control, so maybe we need to do likewise and quite mincing words? On the other hand, "Winning friends and influencing people" is often simply a matter of not bludgeoning people with highly charged language.
'Let me say without mincing words that any order to use any form of violence against any Nigerian citizens that is unknown to our laws and our constitution is an illegal order.
Without mincing words, he stated that India misses no opportunity to harm Pakistan's interests.
Without mincing words, it pointed to the law under Section 50(3) of the Road Transport Act 1987, unlawful interference and importuning.
Summary: After months of delays in the formation of a new Cabinet, it has become clear that the alleged deadlock, without mincing words, is just camouflage for a deliberate ploy by the Free Patriotic Movement to gain the upper hand in the next presidential election.
Theres no mincing words: making our air and water dirtier will not create jobs.
Mincing words on Iran: The new un secretary general, Antonio Guterres (photo) of Portugal, appears to have softened the criticism of Iran for continuing missiles tests, compared to the words used last year by his South Korean predecessor, Ban Ki-moon.
Without mincing words, Lacson asked the heads of law enforcement agencies present during a hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, which he chairs, if they had that capability.
According to sources, PM kept distance with Chaudhry Nisar due to his out righted ness and his ability to point out mistakes of the government without mincing words.
Rick Perry launched an effort Monday to poach jobs from Illinois - and he's not mincing words.
Without mincing words, this icon of Pakistan's women's empowerment reiterated her belief that educating girls was the most effective way of ensuring a society's progress.
Without mincing words, she writes about Will.i.am, dancer Derek Hough, Simon Cowell and, of course, Girls Aloud.