to tell the truth

idiom

used to say that one is stating what one really thinks
I didn't really like the movie, to tell the truth.

Examples of to tell the truth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most effective lie is, of course, to tell the truth, but partly. Washington Post Opinions Staff, Washington Post, 28 June 2024 Pecker also testified that prosecutors have always told him to tell the truth to the best of his ability. – Aysha Bagchi Pecker describes Tiger Woods leverage attempt Trump lawyer Emil Bove has been asking Pecker about a history of suppressing negative stories about celebrities. Aysha Bagchi, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2024 Chaka Khan has never been afraid to tell the truth. Ilana Kaplan, Peoplemag, 11 June 2024 What’s more, Baker has intel from Conover (a.k.a. Wallace), who wants to tell the truth now that he’s been outed as a double agent. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 19 Apr. 2024 For such a regime to survive, the notion that democracy rests on the courage to tell the truth must be eliminated with violence if it cannot be laughed out of existence. Timothy Snyder, Foreign Affairs, 6 Sep. 2022 Peck uses Cole’s letters, grant application, interviews and testimonies from the photographer’s friends and family to construct a deeply moving portrait of an artist who sacrificed his life to tell the truth. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 May 2024 Truth has power, but only if there are people around to tell the truth. Matthew Salesses, TIME, 7 May 2024 If Psaki is correct in her assessment that the primary role of the journalist is to tell the truth for the sake of democracy, MSNBC and other news outlets shouldn’t effectively censor Trumpworld. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2024

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“To tell the truth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/to%20tell%20the%20truth. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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