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min sing

  • v  make less severe or harsh
  • v  walk daintily
  • v  cut into small pieces
  • s  affectedly dainty or refined

  • Then for a year and a half he became a Fletcherite mincing his mouthfuls with bovine perseverance but not enthusiasm.
  • Lay accused the prosecutor, for example, of "mincing words" and making bizarre assumptions that made no business sense.
  • Funniest when he is most afraid, mincing and smirking as he attempts to placate those immune to pacification, constantly susceptible to reprogramming by nearby bodies or machines .

  • Raila Odinga in The Associated Press
    Without mincing words, I am totally against the idea of MPs (members of parliament) adding salaries to themselves arbitrarily,Prime Minister Raila Odinga told journalists during his first news conference since being hospitalized on Monday....
  • Derek Simpson in Mirror.co.uk
    An angry Simpson said: "This is no time for mincing words. The party is at best eight months away from a general election. If you want to go down the New Labour route it is suicide. People are sick to the back teeth of that approach. Our people are...

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