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Topic: COOKING

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: mincier, from Latin minutia 'smallness'; MINUTIAE

mince

1 verb
     
mince1
1 [transitive] also mince something ↔ upDFC to cut food, especially meat, into very small pieces, usually using a machine:
minced lamb
Mince the meat up with some onion and garlic.
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to walk with very quick, short steps in a way that looks unnatural or silly:
She was mincing about in her high-heeled shoes.
3

not mince (your) words

to say exactly what you think, even if this might offend people:
Tom didn't mince words and told me straight away that I had failed.
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