Definitions for call a spade a spade
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call a spade a spade(Verb)
to speak the truth; to say things as they really are
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.
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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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