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speak one's mind

  1. (idiomatic) To state one's thoughts or opinions honestly or frankly.
    • 1845 October – 1846 June, Ellis Bell [pseudonym; Emily Brontë], Wuthering Heights: A Novel, volume IX, London: Thomas Cautley Newby, publisher, [], published December 1847, OCLC 156123328:
      [H]e would speak his mind, and lecture her all the same as if she were a little girl.
    • 1921 Arthur Scott Bailey, The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug, ch. 13:
      It was seldom that Mrs. Ladybug hesitated to speak her mind right out to a person if she happened to disapprove of him.
    • 2007 April 12, Joe Klein, "President Fuhgeddaboutit," Time:
      Rudy Giuliani . . . spoke his mind and did not suffer fools even a tiny bit—but then, creative incivility is part of the job description for a successful mayor of New York.


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