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English definition of “call a spade a spade”

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call a spade a spade

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