if I'm honest

if I'm honest

A phrase used to underscore that one is sharing one's true feelings. It is often used when the speaker is reluctant to speak truthfully. A: "So how do you feel about this plan?" B: "Well, if I'm honest, I think it's a big mistake."
See also: honest, if
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He's loving, kind and an all-round really nice fella although, if I'm honest, I'm not attracted to him at all at the moment - but he's my best friend and we get on really well.
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