ne pas y aller de main morte

The French expression “ne pas y aller de main morte” translates literally to: “to not go there with a dead hand”.

English meaning:

  • to not pull any punches
  • to be heavy-handed

French meaning:

  • agir sans retenueto act without restraint

Example sentence:

  • Le médecin n’y est pas allé de main morte en expliquant la situation à la famille. The doctor didn’t pull any punches while explaining the situation to the family.

Related expression:

  • ne pas faire dans la dentelle be rather indelicate
  • ne pas y aller avec le dos de la cuillèreto not mess about

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