call a spade a spade


Explanation: What is an idiom?

Being straightforward about something with no objections.

Context:

-What do you think of Mr. Smith? He's to be my new math teacher and I'm curious as to what he's like.


-Well, he's a very good teacher although I must warn you he calls a spade a spade, so if you give the wrong answer he'll tell you… and it might not be the most pleasant of remarks.

Notes:

This saying originates from classical Greek and is thought to actually be 'calling a fig a fig, and a trough a trough' but Erasmus translated it to shovel and it is believed that the introduction of that word could have been purposely chosen and not been a mis-translation.

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