a grain of truth

a grain of truth

a small amount of truth There's a grain of truth in what she says but it's greatly exaggerated.
See also: grain, of, truth
References in classic literature ?
In this false statement there was mingled a grain of truth.
There was perhaps a grain of truth mixed up with this last report.
While some of the arguments against the income tax that Brian Doherty outlined in his article contain a grain of truth, the reality is that when taken in context none of them hold up in court.
There's more than a grain of truth in that wise prelate's words.
For years," he confides," I thought his story about jumping off the Space Needle in Seattle attached by just a Band-Aid to the end of a bungee cord within a promotional stunt for the Johnson & Johnson company might have a grain of truth to it somewhere" It turned out that Frazier was wrong on this one.