call a spade a spade Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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call a spade a spade

informal to say the ​truth about something, ​even if it is not ​polite or ​pleasant
(Definition of call a spade a spade from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “call a spade a spade”
in Chinese (Simplified) 实话实说,直言不讳…
in Chinese (Traditional) 實話實說,直言不諱…
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