truth be told

idiom

used to say that one is stating the truth
Truth be told, the food was pretty bad.

Examples of truth be told in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And truth be told, this is where your trusty wardrobe essentials come back in. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 28 Mar. 2024 And truth be told, time could be running out to make this match happen. Blake Oestriecher, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 Yet, truth be told: Most presidents–like lawyers and lobbyists–do little that directly improves the lives of most Americans. Jonathan Bean, Fortune, 19 Feb. 2024 Lore has it that camellias were introduced to the Bourbon rulers of Naples around the 1780s by the British naval commander Horatio Nelson (if truth be told, the dates are a bit off, historically). Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2024 But truth be told, that doesn't really suit the nature of the car—instead, leave it in D and let Lexus' AI pick your ratios for you. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 14 Aug. 2023 But truth be told, for fans of Lee Child’s hugely popular novel series, Cruise was never a convincing fit, from his distracting star wattage to his smaller stature. William Earl, Variety, 15 Dec. 2023 Probably not, and truth be told the focus is still mostly on Beam’s other brands like the bourbon behemoth that is White Label. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 26 Nov. 2023 Emme’s ’fit, truth be told, was equally 2013-coded. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 17 Oct. 2023

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'truth be told.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Dictionary Entries Near truth be told

Cite this Entry

“Truth be told.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truth%20be%20told. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!