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  1. call a spade a spade(Verb)

    to speak the truth; to say things as they really are

  2. Origin: A mistaken translation of τὰ σῦκα σῦκα, τὴν σκάφην δὲ σκάφην ὀνομάσων ('calling figs figs, and a trough a trough'). The word σκάφη was mistranslated by the medieval scholar Desiderius Erasmus as σκαφείον.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Steve Scheffler:

    Somebody needs to call a spade a spade and call it for what it is, and if they're offended, so be it, they need to address the religious liberty issue when they come to Iowa.


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