tell it like it is

Definition of tell it like it is

US, informal
:to say what the facts are :to speak about unpleasant things in an honest way
  • I don't want to offend anyone; I'm just telling it like it is.

Word by Word Definitions

tell play
  1. : to relate in detail : narrate

  2. : to give utterance to : say

  3. : to make known : divulge, reveal

  1. : an inadvertent behavior or mannerism that betrays a poker player's true thoughts, intentions, or emotions

  1. : hill, mound


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