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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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WE can see why you think the name honesty will work in the financial services industry.
While the concept of honesty in business expressed here is revolutionary, the practice is not," the authors say.
One of the films opened with the back of a woman's head framed against blackness, her hair dramatically parted down the middle and gathered into topknots at either side; this image disappeared to be replaced by the phrase "of honesty," which scrolled up from the bottom of the image to eventually disappear out the top.
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Recent reports indicate that about 7,500 to 10,000 businesses, schools, agencies, and other settings use these tests for hiring, firing, "periodic honesty checks," and determining "deception" or "honesty," touching about 9 million to 12 million people annually.
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Smith been using a good pre-employment honesty test, she might have learned beforehand that hiring Paula posed a security risk.
However, any procedure used to make honesty or risk predictions should be performed in a manner that does not violate the civil rights of any potential employee.
SALT LAKE CITY -- With news about ethical lapses in organizations becoming more frequent than ever before, leadership development firm Zenger Folkman set out to find out the impact managers have on ethics and honesty.
Synopsis: Nurses again top Americans' list of professions with the highest honesty and ethical standards while members of Congress and car salespeople are rated worst.
BEIJING, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As Asia grows aware of it's soft power, the virtue of honesty and integrity are caught in a crisis.
The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone--Especially Ourselves exposes the constant challenges to honesty that we confront daily--and the choices that often compromise honesty and ethics alike.
Washington, Dec 13(ANI): A record 64 percent of Americans said the honesty and ethical standards of Congress members is low or very low, which is even worse than telemarketers and lobbyists, a new poll has shown.
THE Lichfield home of Charles Darwin's grandfather is starting the New Year with a new idea - Honesty Box Days.