pull one's punches

pull one's punches  {v. phr.},  {informal}
1. Not to hit as hard as you can.
Jimmy pulled his punches and let Paul win the boxing match.
2. To hide unpleasant facts or make them seem good. — Usually used in the negative.
The mayor spoke bluntly; he didn't pull any punches.
Categories: {informal} {v. phr.}

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