call a spade a spade
Meaning: If you call a spade a spade, you tell the truth in a straightforward and direct way, even if the truth is not pleasant.
- I should warn you that Sandra calls a spade a spade, so if she thinks you say something wrong or make a mistake, she'll say so.
- Sometimes it's good to call a spade a spade, but sometimes it's better to be more diplomatic in what you say.
Harvey was just calling a spade a spade when he said