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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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While there is a kernel of truth at the heart of this narrative, which is perhaps why it is so persuasive, it should be clearly obvious that much of it is built on falsehood and caricature.
Some conspiracy theories have been simply outrageous, while others have offered a kernel of truth.
We put up with roughness and bad language because there is a kernel of truth to what is being said.
Fictions" is meant to distinguish fake news from items which have a kernel of truth but are exaggerated, out of proportion, in the cliche "sensationalised".
This adds a kernel of truth to their affair, as does the novel's ugly, garden-variety racism.
But then, as often happens when you chew on something long enough, I spat out a kernel of truth.
There was a kernel of truth in each of them -- an event or trend that deserved to be countered or responded to.
They haunt those who chase the truth because most legends have a kernel of truth.
However, this time I fear there may be a kernel of truth in her ramblings.
If there is a kernel of truth in the accusation, Clarkson would do well not to laugh it o .
This recurrent idea - that something is going to save or ruin a campaign in its final weeks - has a kernel of truth at its center: What the voters are talking about in September is not always what is on their minds when it is time to vote.
It could be a football problem, too - the data points are inconclusive - but primarily, it's an example of how a kernel of truth can grow into an unchallenged assumption.
His take is hilarious and, like all good observational comedy, his skewed viewpoints hold a kernel of truth.
While one might be inclined to accept that there may be a kernel of truth in the absence of an identifiable moderate force there is also an equally large kernel of truth in the fact that intelligence should have indicated a build-up of this size on two fronts and the US could have then made some attempt to prevent it getting out of hand.
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