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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For it is a prized American privilege to speak one's mind, although not always with perfect good taste, on all public institutions.
Yet it has also been a challenge to speak one's mind.
Freedom of speech is being subtly eroded to the point where one hesitates to speak one's mind in the pub or even among friends.
How refreshing it is for someone to speak one's mind on such a sensitive subject, and how alarming it is that those who were also embroiled in the row stayed silent as they did not want to cause offence.
The freedom to speak one's mind is not only an aspect of individual liberty--and thus a good unto itself--but also is essential to the common quest for truth and the vitality of society as a whole.
The freedom to speak one's mind is not only an aspect of individual liberty-and thus a good unto itself-but also is essential to the common quest for truth and the vitality of society as a whole.