not mince words


not mince words
(not) mince (your) words to say what you mean clearly and directly, even if you upset people by doing this.

The report does not mince words about the incompetence of some government officials.

Never a woman to mince her words, she described the former minister as self-centred and arrogant.


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  • not mince words — (or one s words) speak candidly and directly, esp. when criticizing someone or something a gruff surgeon who does not mince words * * * not mince (your) words (or US mince no words) : to speak in a very direct and honest way without worrying that …   Useful english dictionary

  • not mince words — to say what you mean as clearly and simply as possible. Tom didn t mince any words he told us right at the beginning of the meeting that he was quitting his job. Usage notes: sometimes used in the form mince words to say something that is not… …   New idioms dictionary

  • (not) mince words —    Someone who does not mince their words expresses their opinions, ideas or thoughts very clearly, even if they offend others by doing so.     Come on John! Tell us what you really think and don t mince your words …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • not mince words — See not mince one s words …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • not mince your words — (not) mince (your) words to say what you mean clearly and directly, even if you upset people by doing this. The report does not mince words about the incompetence of some government officials. Never a woman to mince her words, she described the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • mince words — (not) mince (your) words to say what you mean clearly and directly, even if you upset people by doing this. The report does not mince words about the incompetence of some government officials. Never a woman to mince her words, she described the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • not mince one's words — not mince words I ll not mince words: you need to stick to this exercise program or you re looking at serious health problems Syn: talk straight, not beat around the bush, call a spade a spade, speak straight from the heart, pull no punches, not… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • not mince your words — not mince (your) words (or US mince no words) : to speak in a very direct and honest way without worrying that you may be offending someone He doesn t mince words about the proposed law, which he considers “unconstitutional” and “idiotic.” She… …   Useful english dictionary

  • not mince (your) words — not mince (your) ˈwords idiom to say sth in a direct way even though it might offend other people • They were severely criticized by the chairman, who was not a man to mince his words. Main entry: ↑minceidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • not mince (one's) words — TALK STRAIGHT, not beat about the bush, call a spade a spade, speak straight from the shoulder, pull no punches; informal tell it like it is; N. Amer. informal talk turkey. → mince …   Useful english dictionary