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English definition of “plain speaking”

plain speaking

noun [U]    
the act of saying clearly and honestly what you think without trying to be polite : It's time for some plain speaking .Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendlyHonesty, openness and sincerity plain-spoken     /ˌpleɪnˈspəʊ.kən/ US  /-ˈspoʊ-/ adjective He's very plain-spoken.Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendlyHonesty, openness and sincerity
(Definition of plain speaking noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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