a kernel of truth

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a kernel of truth

A singular element of truth or wisdom within a greater story, narrative, speech, or claim, especially when most or all other elements are fictitious or of questionable veracity. I think the governor's speech is a bunch of hogwash by and large, but there is a kernel of truth in what he said about the need for lower taxes.
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OK, there might be a kernel of truth in there but I can't help but think that with those views Joanna would be about as welcome at a party as a Black Lace compilation CD.
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Get past Verhoeven's reflexive Bush-bashing and Christianity-loathing, and there's a kernel of truth to what he's saying.
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Then I've got some bad news: Each of those records, while containing a kernel of truth, is mostly the product of Hollywood hype.
As the trial unfolds, it becomes apparent that there is a kernel of truth to them, but that it has been twisted to suit the political purposes of his opponents.
Top Schwarzenegger aide Rob Stutzman on Friday likened Democrats to ``puppets'' and the unions to ``puppeteers,'' and political analysts suggest that statement contains at least a kernel of truth.