"mincing" in the verb sense
1. mince, soften, moderate
make less severe or harsh
"He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
"She minced down the street"
cut into small pieces
"mince the garlic"
"mincing" in the adjective sense
1. mincing, niminy-piminy, prim, twee
affectedly dainty or refined
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