straight talk

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straight talk (uncountable)

  1. Simple, honest speaking.
    • 1891, Rudyard Kipling, chapter 20, in Life's Handicap:
      "I asked for straight talk, and thou hast given me sweet talk."
    • 1917, Zane Grey, chapter 2, in Wildfire:
      "Tell him to go back to Durango and forget the foolish girl. . . ."
      "All right. That is straight talk, like an Indian's.
    • 2008 January 23, James Carney, “The Resurrection of John McCain”, in Time:
      [H]e told voters in the economically ravaged state that lost auto-industry jobs "aren't coming back," a dose of undiluted straight talk that probably cemented his loss there.

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