true story


: an account of something that really happened

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web From Max and Lionsgate Television, it’s based on a true story, centered on real-life 1980s housewife Candy Montgomery (played by Elizabeth Olsen) who was accused of the brutal axe murder of her friend Betty Gore (Lily Rabe). Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2023 Long overdue – in fact, more than half a century – filmmaker/journalist Suzanne Joe Kai is pleased to finally tell his true story. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 20 Apr. 2023 Not that the plot, inspired by a true story, is hard to follow. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2023 What resulted is Transatlantic, a period drama rooted in this incredible true story. Town & Country, 8 Apr. 2023 The scene, based on a true story, of Soviet agents playing three separate sets of interested parties off one another is a particular delight. WIRED, 31 Mar. 2023 Based on a true story, the movie stars Ben as Philip Knight, the co-founder of Nike, Inc., while Damon plays Sonny Vaccaro, the sports-marketing executive who helped sign NBA legend Michael Jordan to Nike and launch Air Jordan sneakers. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 23 Mar. 2023 Inspired by the filmmaker’s personal true story. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 20 Mar. 2023 But this is really the backdrop for the novel’s true story, which is how the saxophone teacher tries—and fails—to use her students to reënact the story of her own frustrated love for another woman, with a different, happier ending. B. D. Mcclay, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2023 See More

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“True story.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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