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