not to put too fine a point on it

not to put too fine a point on it Fig. a phrase introducing a fine or important point, apologetically.
- E.g. Rachel: Not to put too fine a point on it, Mary, but you’re still acting a little rude to Tom. Mary: I’m sorry, but that’s the way I feel.
- E.g. John: I think, not to put too fine a point on it, you ought to do exactly as you are told. Andy: And I think you ought to mind your own business.