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Which of these sentences can be used to make clear that the time for pussyfooting around/beating around the bush is over?

1 Let's do some straight talk.
2 Let's talk straight.
3 It's time for clear text now.
4 In plain terms/language, I have to say that...
5 Give it to me straight.
6 To put it plainly, ...
 

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Are you telling it straight or hearing it? You can slim the list down by asking yourself that question.
 

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Are you telling it straight or hearing it? You can slim the list down by asking yourself that question.

I read them in dictionaries. Now I've googled these terms and the results are as following:

to put it plainly 361,000 hits
Give it to me straight 383,000 hits
in plain terms 238,000 hits
in plain language 491,000 hits
time for clear text 1 hit
Let's talk straight 85,000 hits
Let's do straight talk 1,190 hits

According to these figures, I'd assume that they all except "time for clear text" are quite common.
 

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First of all, these are not all sentences. There are phrases as well as very simple sentences.

Example 5 is clearly a bad choice from your search results and I have never personally heard or seen it used before.
The last example is used maybe in teenage street talk.

The rest are all valid in a decent sentence with proper context.
 

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I think Lynxear mixed up those numbers.
 

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"Example 5 is clearly a bad choice from your search results and I have never personally heard or seen it used before."

You cannot be serious! Where have you been living? 383,000 hits doesn't make it "clearly a bad choice". On the contrary.

"To put it plainly" is "teenage street talk"?

I was referring to his second listing when I made this statement. It was the list that immediately preceded my post. I did not scroll up to see if that list matched the other one. Number five is "time for clear text".

The "Let's do straight talk" is what I referred to as "teenage talk".

PS: The fact that I mentioned "search results" should have given you a clue as to what list I was using.
 

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I have never heard anyone use time for clear text.
 
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