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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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, Tiwari had said the NDA did not have the numerical strength to pose a threat to a UPA nominee of the By Giridhar Jha in Patna stature of Mukherjee.
To the Editor: The article "Serving Two Masters" (August) raises the question that was clearly answered by Jesus Christ nearly two millenniums ago without mincing words, that one cannot serve two masters.
Vampires are sexy, and there's no mincing words about it.
Without mincing words it's been a disappointing season for me," he admitted.
A MAN ABOUT A DOG: EUPHEMISMS & OTHER EXAMPLES OF VERBAL SQUEAMISHNESS offers up over two thousand examples of euphemisms which rely on word plays and the art of mincing words.
Hirshman, who is not known for mincing words (she earned a spot in Bernard Goldberg's book 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America by declaring that women who leave work to raise children are choosing "lesser lives"), boldly assailed the truism that, when it comes to full-time mothering vs.
Carly Weeks of the Ottawa Citizen published a quick national survey on the subject, "Politics and the pulpit," under the title, "Some Catholic leaders aren't mincing words in election" (Jan.
pilots aren't mincing words anymore: The chairman of the union's executive committee said Thursday that the pilots will strike if their contract is thrown out as part of the carrier's attempt to impose $325 million in concessions.
Openly, comfortably, without mincing words, they share their expertise so you can be the expert your kids come to for answers.
Ramsay, 36, said: "I've two weeks to turn things round so I won't be mincing words and if they can't cut it, they won't know what's hit them.