to tell (you) the truth

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of to tell (you) the truth

used to say that one is being honest and admitting something
  • To tell the truth, I liked her first book better,
  • To tell you the truth, I don't remember when I saw her last.

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

you play
  1. : the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

  2. : one

truth play
  1. : the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality

  2. : the state of being the case : fact

  3. : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality


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