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- Rhymes: -ɪns
- (uncountable) Finely chopped meat.
- (uncountable) Finely chopped mixed fruit used in Christmas pies.
- (countable) A short, precise step.
- (countable) An affected manner.
Third person singular
- (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine.
- (transitive) To suppress or weaken the force of; to extenuate; to palliate; to tell by degrees, instead of directly and frankly; to clip, as words or expressions; to utter half and keep back half of.
- I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say — "I love you." — Shakespeare
- (transitive) To affect; to make a parade of.
- (intransitive) To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected manner.
- (intransitive) To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in manner.
Current usage in the sense of "weaken the force of" is limited to the phrase "mince words"; e.g., "I won't mince words with you".
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