Here's the scenario: I screwed something and that caused some real harm. Now another person could just tell me, “Dude, you screwed X and this caused this and this harm," but instead he will try to be supe- diplomatic and vague to “not hurt my feelings.”

I’d like to tell him, “Dude, stop that diplomacy and prettification — I can take the ugly truth, whatever it is.”

Is there a widely recognized idiom for conveying that message?

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    The phrase 'warts and all' conveys a similar concept. – Sam Oct 20 '11 at 13:59
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    The customary orthographic conventions of English derivational morphology lead not to *prettyfication, but rather to prettification. – tchrist Aug 17 '12 at 13:58

"Tell (or Give) it to me straight".

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    +1 Some other options: don't beat around the bush, no need to sugarcoat it and tell it [to me] like it is. – user13141 Oct 20 '11 at 12:19
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    often followed by 'Doc'. – Sam Oct 20 '11 at 13:58
  • often followed by , Doc - how long have I got? – FumbleFingers Oct 20 '11 at 15:24
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    @onomato: I'm flagging your comment as should be an answer :p – Daniel Oct 20 '11 at 18:15
  • Also, let's not mince words. – Zairja Aug 17 '12 at 14:54


Just give me the unvarnished truth, please.

(This is admittedly used more in written communication.)

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Also, you could deny being thin-skinned (or assert that you are thick-skinned).

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  • Be honest.

Or, a little less tersely:

  • Be honest with me.
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