kwăan = axe
pàa = [to] chop
sâak = carcass ; corpse ; remains
Literal MeaningAn axe to split hardwood
English ProverbTell it as it is. To call a spade a spade
Using an axe to cut a log of wood is not a delicate operation. A large tool is used forcefully to carry out a task. I could say to a friend, being careful not to upset or offend him, that I have found a new brand of deodorant, perhaps he might like to try it. Or I could tell him that he smells unpleasant (use an axe to split the hardwood) This phrase means to tell someone something bluntly, without sparing their feelings.
kun pôr kŏng pûut a-raid trong trong dtàe baang kráng gôr pûut dtrong mâak gern bpai mĕuan kwăan pàa sâak
Father say something bluntly. but sometimes It’s too bluntly seems like an axe to split hardwood
Could this also be ‘cut your nose of despite your face’ ?