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mince matters

Also,mince words. Moderate or restrain one's language to be polite or avoid giving offense. Today these phrases are nearly always put negatively, as in Not to mince matters, I feel he should resign, or Don't mince words—say what you mean. The usage dates from the mid-1500s and transfers cutting something such as meat into small pieces to minimizing the harsh impact of words.
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  • She did not mince matters with herself or with other people.

  • Not to mince matters, I may as well explain what I mean at once.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • It was not a moment in which to mince matters, and Dennis drew up his legs with a yell.

  • In regard to Brenton, Dolph Dennison saw no need to mince matters.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • I was in a tight place, and it would not do to mince matters.

    A Romantic Young Lady

    Robert Grant
  • I ain't much time an' I ain't goin' to waste it to mince matters.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • But I am speaking to you alone, and I have no reason to mince matters.

    The Gold Bag Carolyn Wells
  • Fanny was not going to mince matters; she could not call it by any other name.

    Betty Vivian L. T. Meade
  • It is of no use to mince matters when you want to save a girl from ruin.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series

    Mrs. Henry Wood
  • It looked absorbed and anxious, nor did she mince matters nor hesitate in confiding them.

    Selina George Madden Martin

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