plain speaking


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Related to plain speaking: Plain language, plain speech
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plain speaking

n [ˌpleɪnˈspiːkɪŋ] there has been some plain speaking between the two leadersi due leader si sono parlati chiaro
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I am curious to know, Clara, what as plain speaking a man as Mr.
"He is plain speaking enough to call it a HUMBUG," said the daughter, endeavoring to mouth the word in a theatrical manner.
Accept my thanks for your invitation; and let me hope that my plain speaking has not offended you."
"Gentlemen both," he said, "that's what I call plain speaking. I suppose it's up to us to read between the lines.
Was she grateful to me for my plain speaking? Did she ponder upon my words and determine to profit by them and to lead from that hour a better and nobler life?
Evidently they decided that the time for plain speaking was come, for now David announced bluntly:
"That is plain speaking," said Sancho; "but let your worship take care to choose it on the seacoast, so that if I don't like the life, I may be able to ship off my black vassals and deal with them as I have said; don't mind going to see my lady Dulcinea now, but go and kill this giant and let us finish off this business; for by God it strikes me it will be one of great honour and great profit."
But the point is that Miss Lavish was positively ATTRACTED by his mentioning S., and said she liked plain speaking, and meeting different grades of thought.
Piracha said that if someone had been hurt by Sirajul Haq's plain speaking, he should clarify his own position.
But Trump's actions and words too fall on the ears of his political constituency, a body - in a majority in November 2016 - that sees him breaking the mould of a Washington too used to political correctness and unused to plain speaking. That indeed may be the case, but there is a distinct difference between plain speaking and plainly ignorant and hurtful speech.
But Mhairi's plain speaking approach has brought the harsh reality home.
Jess Phillips says: "I am plain speaking, a loud mouth some might say."