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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How to use mince matters in a sentence

  • Colonel Broadcastle was not accustomed to mince matters, when the occasion demanded brevity and conciseness.

    The Lieutenant-Governor | Guy Wetmore Carryl
  • Leonard however did not mince matters, and before he had finished his exhortation the other man was in a furious rage.

    A Book of Quaker Saints | Lucy Violet Hodgkin
  • It seemed too cruel—but wasn't that just what Mrs. Timberlake meant when she said that Mr. Blackburn 'wouldn't mince matters?'

    The Builders | Ellen Glasgow
  • Since she definitely disliked her daughter, Lady Mallowe did not mince matters when they were alone.

    T. Tembarom | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Not to mince matters needlessly, I ran through that eighty thousand pounds in something short of four years.

    Under the Dragon Flag | James Allan