not to put too fine a point on it

Definition of not to put too fine a point on it

  1. —used in an ironic way to introduce a very strong and usually critical statement Not to put too fine a point on it, (but) his suggestions have been worthless.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to place in a specified position or relationship :  lay

    :  to move in a specified direction

    :  to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something :  thrust

  1. :  a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

    :  the act or an instance of putting the shot

    :  an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. :  being in place :  fixed, set

  1. :  besides, also

    :  to an excessive degree :  excessively

    :  to such a degree as to be regrettable

fineplay
  1. :  end, conclusion

    :  a compromise of a fictitious suit used as a form of conveyance of lands

    :  a sum imposed as punishment for an offense

  1. :  to impose a fine on :  punish by a fine

  1. :  free from impurity

    :  having a stated proportion of pure metal in the composition expressed in parts per thousand

    :  very thin in gauge or texture

  1. :  finely: such as

    :  very well

    :  all right

  1. :  purify, clarify

    :  to make finer in quality or size

    :  to become pure or clear

  1. :  end

pointplay
  1. :  an individual detail :  item

    :  a distinguishing detail

    :  the most important essential in a discussion or matter

  1. :  to furnish with a point :  sharpen

    :  to give added force, emphasis, or piquancy to

    :  to scratch out the old mortar from the joints of (something, such as a brick wall) and fill in with new material


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