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in all honesty

In one's sincere opinion; without any disingenuousness. In all honesty, I think this project plan is severely flawed.
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honesty is the best policy

Even when being dishonest would be easier or more useful, telling the truth is always the best course of action. I think you should just explain what happened, rather than trying to cover your tracks. Honesty is the best policy, after all. Secrets like that will always find their way to the surface, so honesty is definitely the best policy.
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Honesty is the best policy.

Prov. You should always tell the truth, even when it seems as if it would be useful to tell a lie. Jill: I borrowed Jane's white blouse without asking her, and then I spilled tomato sauce on it. Should I tell her what happened, or should I just put the blouse back in her closet and hope she won't notice? Jane: Honesty is the best policy.
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in all ˈhonesty

speaking honestly: I can’t in all honesty say that I’ve had much experience of this kind of work, but I’m willing to try it.
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be ˌpatience, ˌhonesty, simˌplicity, etc. itˈself

be an example of complete patience, etc: The manager of the hotel was courtesy itself.Programming the video is simplicity itself.
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