mince your words


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 former minister as self-centred and arrogant.


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  • mince (your) words — informal phrase to be careful about what you say in order to be polite or not offend someone He’s never been the kind of politician to mince words. Thesaurus: being careful about what you saysynonym Main entry: mince …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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) 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 (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

  • 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

  • mince — mince1 [mıns] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: mincier, from Latin minutia smallness ; MINUTIAE] 1.) [T] also mince sth<=>up to cut food, especially meat, into very small pieces, usually using a machine ▪ minced lamb ▪ Mince the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mince — mince1 [ mıns ] verb 1. ) transitive to cut meat into very small pieces using a machine 2. ) intransitive to walk with very short steps in a way that is not natural, or, if you are a man, seems more typical of a woman mince (your) words INFORMAL… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mince — I UK [mɪns] / US verb Word forms mince : present tense I/you/we/they mince he/she/it minces present participle mincing past tense minced past participle minced 1) [transitive] to cut meat into very small pieces using a machine 2) [intransitive]… …   English dictionary

  • mince — [mɪns] verb [T] I to cut meat into very small pieces using a machine • not mince (your) words informal to say exactly what you think and not care about other people s reactions[/ex] II noun [U] British mince [mɪns] meat that has been cut into… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • mince — 1 verb 1 (T) to cut food, especially meat, into very small pieces, usually in a machine: minced lamb 2 (intransitive always + adv/prep) to walk in an unnatural way, taking short steps and moving your hips (+ across/down/along etc): She minced… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English