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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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Lenovo didn't pull any punches in the design department.
And Professor Green didn't pull any punches when he heard the Made in Chelsea toff, 22, had been bad-mouthing his fiancee Millie Mackintosh, calling her "a show pony".
FORMER Japan boss Philippe Troussier didn't pull any punches last week when he branded current coach Takeshi Okada as "stupid".
Our football panel don't pull any punches, so don't miss out.
Director Edward Zwick was in no mood to pull any punches.
He blasted: "They came down for a meeting and I didn't pull any punches," he said.
Frederick Hess and Martin West do not pull any punches with "Strike Phobia." As they say, school boards, superintendents, taxpayers, and politicians need to be less anxious about provoking teacher work actions in order to restore the balance of power in American public education.
Deogratias is less graphic than might be expected from its subject matter, but it doesn't pull any punches. This graphic novel's worldview is bleak; Deogratias is a tale with no heroes.
Nor did they pull any punches about their reasons for doing so.
And Samuel, who is currently suing the Union over the affair, did not pull any punches about Moffett's three-year legacy on Welsh rugby.
These directors would be aggressive in sorting out suspected corporate malfeasance and would not pull any punches when debating issues affecting the future of the commercial enterprise.
The dark comedy imagines a television special on a pair of lesbian serial killers named Casey and the Kidd, and it doesn't pull any punches when it comes to blood and violence.
Famed for being the show in which guests and regulars alike are not ashamed to pull any punches, it's the quiz about the news that regularly makes the news.
Schlosser doesn't pull any punches, explaining in gory detail exactly what lies behind the success of Happy Meals and other fast food creations.
"We've shown we don't pull any punches with the Clinton Administration or anyone else," Ireland said.