call as pade a spade

Call a spade a spade is a common cliche which means to speak honestly and directly about any given topic. Call a spade a spade is typically used specifically in topics that other people usually avoid speaking about because of their sensitivity or embarrassing subjects. Commonly it is in a sentence like Lets just call a spade a spade spoken by someone who simply wants to end the discussion (sometimes an argument) in order to talk about it further.