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tell the truth



tell the truth

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see tell,‎ truth.


tell the truth

  1. (idiomatic, informal) Used to positively assert the frank honesty of an associated statement of set of statements; equivalent to "to tell the truth".
    • 1991, Mike Sirota, Bicycling Through Space and Time:
      Then it sneezed. Considering what it was smelling, that was no surprise. Tell the truth, I'd gotten so used to the jof jof dung that I didn't notice it anymore.

Usage notesEdit

  • Used bracketed by punctuation, especially commas, dashes, or parentheses.
  • Less intimate than tell you the truth.


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