“James Woods has a reputation in the business of not mincing words,” Breitbart posted in September 2013.
He also has a best supporting actor nomination for his mincing, lovestruck Olivia in Twelfth Night.
Well, they are professional thieves—what's the use of mincing matters!
In respect to her bewitching endearments, there's no mincing matters, at all.
Alice imitates her mincing way of talking, but I can't do it.
What's the use of mincing words, fencing about the truth any longer?
The commonest serving-maid who walks the streets of Cadiz would put to shame a whole score of our mincing and wriggling belles.
Harriet, as cool as himself, went on mincing Donald's cold beef.
When he spoke it was in a soft voice and a mincing speech, not like our plain Somersetshire way.
There they cooed, and bustled back and forth, with little, mincing steps.
"affectedly dainty," 1520s, probably originally in reference to speech, when words were "clipped" to affect elegance; or in reference to walking with short steps; present participle adjective from mince (v.).
late 14c., "to chop in little pieces," from Old French mincier "make into small pieces," from Vulgar Latin *minutiare "make small," from Late Latin minutiæ "small bits," from Latin minutus "small" (see minute (adj.)). Of speech, "to clip affectedly in imitation of elegance," 1540s; of words or language, "to restrain in the interest of decorum," 1590s. Meaning "to walk with short or precise steps" is from 1560s. Related: Minced; mincing.
"minced meat," 1850; see mincemeat.
An unfashionable or tedious person; bore; drip: Anybody who still wears saddle shoes is a ''mince'' (1960s+ Students)
(Heb. taphoph, Isa. 3:16), taking affectedly short and quick steps. Luther renders the word by "wag" or "waggle," thus representing "the affected gait of coquettish females."