speak one's mind


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speak (one's) mind

To voice one's thoughts plainly or bluntly. Can I just speak my mind, even though you probably won't like what I have to say?
See also: mind, speak

speak one's mind

Also, speak out. Say what one really thinks, talk freely and fearlessly, as in Will you give me a chance to speak my mind or am I supposed to agree with everything you say? or Jan welcomed the chance to speak out about abortion. The first term dates from about 1600, the variant from the late 1600s. Also see speak one's piece.
See also: mind, speak
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I must have been asleep but I missed the point when it was decreed that one couldn't speak one's mind any more without breaking some politically correct rule.
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I love the ideal of participatory democracy, the right to speak one's mind, the right to petition one's government for redress of grievances or simply to bring forward a good idea that might benefit the community as a whole.
It is simply the reinvigoration of the existing right to freely speak one's mind.