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English definition of “call a spade a spade”

call a spade a spade

to say the truth about something, even if it is not polite or pleasant Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendly
(Definition of call a spade a spade from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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