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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
  • Why should we conceal facts or mince words if we are earnestly endeavouring to probe our own weaknesses and mend our faults?

    War's Brighter Side Julian Ralph.
  • 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
  • Not to mince words, it proceeded from the same superstitious idea, just how originating no one can say.

    The Myths and Fables of To-Day Samuel Adams Drake
  • It did not mince words about the future of women of her type, and she was shocked.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • Miss Norvell, her cheeks burning indignantly, her eyes already ablaze, did not mince words.

    Beth Norvell Randall Parrish
  • They were trained by the hills, and neither of them tried to mince words.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall

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