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 for mince
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mince \Mince\, v. i.
     1. To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected
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              The daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with
              stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, . . . mincing
              as they go.                           --Is. iii. 16.
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              I 'll . . . turn two mincing steps
              Into a manly stride.                  --Shak.
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     2. To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mince \Mince\ (m[i^]ns), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Minced
     (m[i^]nst); p. pr. & vb. n. Minging (m[i^]n"s[i^]ng).] [AS.
     minsian to grow less, dwindle, fr. min small; akin to G.
     minder less, Goth. minniza less, mins less, adv., L. minor,
     adj. (cf. Minor); or more likely fr. F. mincer to mince,
     prob. from (assumed) LL. minutiare. [root]101. See Minish.]
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     1. To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine; to hash; as,
        to mince meat. --Bacon.
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     2. To suppress or weaken the force of; to extenuate; to
        palliate; to tell by degrees, instead of directly and
        frankly; to clip, as words or expressions; to utter half
        and keep back half of; as, he doesn't mince words.
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              I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to
              say -- "I love you."                  --Shak.
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              Siren, now mince the sin,
              And mollify damnation with a phrase.  --Dryden.
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              If, to mince his meaning, I had either omitted some
              part of what he said, or taken from the strength of
              his expression, I certainly had wronged him.
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     3. To affect; to make a parade of. [R.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mince \Mince\, n.
     A short, precise step; an affected manner.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: food chopped into small bits; "a mince of mushrooms"
      v 1: make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the
           students burst out in tears" [syn: mince, soften,
      2: walk daintily; "She minced down the street"
      3: cut into small pieces; "mince the garlic"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  152 Moby Thesaurus words for "mince":
     allow for, amble, aspic, atomize, barbecue, barge, boiled meat,
     bouilli, bowl along, break into pieces, break to pieces, break up,
     bridle, bundle, civet, clump, color, crash, croak, crunch, crush,
     cut to pieces, demolish, diffuse, diminish, disperse, disrupt,
     drag, drawl, droop, ease, extenuate, fission, flesh, flounce, foot,
     footslog, forcemeat, fragment, gait, gallop, game, gloss over,
     grind, hachis, halt, hash, hippety-hop, hitch, hobble, hop, ignore,
     jerky, jog, joint, jolt, jugged hare, jump, lessen, limp, lisp,
     lock step, lumber, lunge, lurch, make allowance for,
     make mincemeat of, meat, menue viande, mince it, mincing steps,
     mitigate, pace, paddle, palliate, peg, pemmican, piaffe, piaffer,
     plod, pot roast, prance, prink, pulverize, quaver, rack, roast,
     roll, sashay, saunter, sausage meat, scatter, scrapple, scuff,
     scuffle, scuttle, shake, shamble, shatter, shiver, shuffle, sidle,
     simper, single-foot, skip, slink, slither, slog, slouch, slowness,
     slur over, smash, smash up, smirk, soft-pedal, soften, splinter,
     squash, squish, stagger, stalk, stamp, step, stomp, straddle,
     straggle, stride, stroll, strolling gait, strut, stump, swagger,
     swing, talk incoherently, tittup, toddle, totter, traipse, tread,
     trip, trot, trudge, varnish, velocity, venison, viande, waddle,
     walk, wamble, whitewash, wiggle, wobble

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