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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These matters are not mere threats to abstract constitutional principles.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What matters is being honest, humble, and a faithful and loyal friend, father and member of your community.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv|Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Faal has some experience in both political and security matters, it seems.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But to see any actual smooching, fans had to take matters into their own .Yep, Korra and Asami Went in the Spirit Portal and Probably Kissed|Melissa Leon|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Neither individual would go on the record due to the sensitivity of discussing personnel matters.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute|James Kirchick|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then Paterno adroitly brought matters to a crisis in a bold peroration which changed the whole scene.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
A letter from Fajardo to the king (December 10, 1621) concerns various matters of administration and business.
Various matters mentioned by the governor receive perfunctory and formal answers.
She continued to deliver herself upon a hundred topics, and it hardly matters where we take her up.Confidence|Henry James
If it were not for the cowardly fear of being thought timid, there would be more care used in such matters.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley