: showing defects or imperfections frankly : not idealized
a warts-and-all biography

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In this warts-and-all look at the history of one of America's most storied brands, Maggie Bullock explores the hard work and chutzpah that helped the company define an era (OK, maybe two) as well as the troubles that threatened to derail it. The Editors, Town & Country, 4 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of warts-and-all was in 1957

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“Warts-and-all.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warts-and-all. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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