What is the meaning of ‘not to put too fine a point on it’?

This is an expression that you normally use when you wish to speak your mind, and you are not really worried about how the others around you will react. It is a polite way of saying, ‘Excuse me for being blunt, but this is what I think’.

Examples: Your dissertation, not to put too fine a point on it, should be thrown into the dustbin * Our college team’s performance, not to put too fine a point on it, was terrible.

Source: “The Hindu”   – Know Your English  Column – Dec. 25, 2007

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