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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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  • It looked absorbed and anxious, nor did she mince matters nor hesitate in confiding them.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • Not to mince matters, I may as well explain what I mean at once.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • The Elector did not mince matters in his proclamation from any regard to the feelings of his late guests.

  • I was in a tight place, and it would not do to mince matters.

    A Romantic Young Lady Robert Grant
  • She was brutally frank, but it never occurred to her to mince matters there.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • I ain't much time an' I ain't goin' to waste it to mince matters.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • For, not to mince matters, I can tell that you are a stranger, and must come from a place very unlike England.

    News from Nowhere William Morris
  • It is of no use to mince matters when you want to save a girl from ruin.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Sue Rainey did not mince matters, but plunged at once into an explanation of the purpose of her visit.

    Windy McPherson's Son Sherwood Anderson
  • She was searching for the lost letters and she did not mince matters in her own thoughts.

    At the Crossroads Harriet T. Comstock

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