not mince words

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.
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not mince words (or matters)

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

mince words, not to

To speak plainly, without equivocating to avoid giving offense. This expression, also put as not to mince matters, dates from Shakespeare’s time (he used it in Othello and Antony and Cleopatra) and in effect transfers the cutting into small pieces of some object, like meat, to moderating or softening one’s language.
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Marcos did not mince words, considering that he has more leeway to directly share his opinions through his own vlog.
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In response, netizens did not mince words when they criticized his interview.
Hariri did not mince words in his resignation letter and made it clear what the diagnosis was and the terms of addressing those challenges, stating that in order to reach a satisfactory situation for the nation, all parties are invited to exercise caution, compromise and sacrifice where necessary.
But I would not mince words when I say that we cannot meet our challenges if we continue to be a one-man show and a two-man army," he said in a clear indication to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah's hold on the party.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri did not mince words on Saturday when he announced his resignation, fearing danger to his life from Iran and Hezbollah, a military and political organisation that owes its allegiance to Iranian regime more than it does to the Lebanese.
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Undaunted by vituperative attacks from a member of the ruling party, the governor did not mince words while calling for more operational flexibility for public sector banks, which account for a third of banking in the country.
Let's not mince words - this was a dirty game where the player who walked off without a bruise was very lucky.