not pull any punches

not pull any punches

To speak very bluntly and directly, without regard to whether one's words may upset someone. Wow, your aunt really doesn't pull any punches. Is my sweatshirt really that ugly? Let me know what you think of the story when you're done, and, please, don't pull any punches.
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Wayne Duggan's " Carl Icahn Rips Anadarko Buyout, Talks Cloudera And Trade War" states that this billionaire activist investor did not pull any punches in criticizing the big buyout by Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY).
The play does not pull any punches and is fearless in its criticism of the Government and its exploration of the harsh realities of growing old and isolated.
Sir Hugh Orde did not pull any punches when he warned a physical border will almost inevitably lead to a return to violence.
In its statement, the CTFK does not pull any punches as to whom it blames for the adolescent vaping epidemic: it "lies squarely with Juul, the e-cigarette that has become wildly popular with young people across the country." Juul, the Campaign states, is sleek, small and easy for kids to hide, comes in appealing flavors like mango and mint, and delivers a potent dose of nicotine, increasing kids' risk of addiction.
And Dragons manager Ricketts did not pull any punches when he summed up the Dragons' performance.
This outstanding Sky Sports pundit attracted a record crowd for a function there and did not pull any punches. He never does.
And speaking before the final test, team manager Joel Garner did not pull any punches in his assessment of what is holding back a team that is world champion in Twenty20 cricket but continues to struggle in the Test format.
Gerrard, who returned to England to act as a pundit on BT Sport on Tuesday for their Champions League coverage, did not pull any punches when talking about Diouf in his explosive new book.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini did not pull any punches in interviews with several British newspapers published on Sunday, saying hat in the last three months his players had thrown their season "into the garbage".
The Loose Women panellist, 50, did not pull any punches after she left, describing her fellow housemate Katie Hopkins as a "silly cow".
The Baggies are three points above the relegation zone and Pulis did not pull any punches afterwards.
The Loose Women panellist, 50, did not pull any punches after she left on Friday night, describing her fellow housemate Katie Hopkins a "silly cow".
TREVISO......................23 OSPREYS.....................20 FORWARDS coach Chris Gibbes did not pull any punches in his blunt assessment of the Ospreys' European Champions Cup defeat in Italy.
While the damage claim was diminished considerably, Reuters reports that Doherty did not pull any punches in her comments on the pharmaceutical companies' conduct.