not mince words

not mince words

To speak very bluntly and directly, without regard for someone else's feelings. A possessive adjective can be used between "mince" and "words." Wow, your aunt really doesn't mince 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 your words


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.
See also: mince, not, word
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not mince words (or matters)

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