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mince words

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mince words

verb phrase

to restrain oneself in conversation to avoid offense

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • He was never a man to mince words, as I noticed when visiting my aunt.

  • Granny did not mince words when she told Joe what she thought.

    The Amazing Inheritance Frances R. Sterrett
  • It was Fleming who did it—I am sorry, Margery, but this is no time to mince words.

    The Window at the White Cat Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It did not mince words about the future of women of her type, and she was shocked.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • They were trained by the hills, and neither of them tried to mince words.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • She did not mince words to herself when she reflected on this matter.

    Big Timber Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • “Maybe you were a fool for ever trying that signal and liniment trick at all,” suggested Langridge, who did not mince words.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • She had always been decent, in her way; whereas Bamtz was, not to mince words, an abject sort of creature.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad

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