level with someone

level with (one)

To be honest with one, especially after having been deceitful or not completely truthful or forthcoming. I'm going to level with you, OK? I'm not who you think I am. Jesse, you need to level with us so we can help you. We're on your side, but you need to tell us the truth.
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level with someone

Speak frankly and openly to someone, as in His companions advised him to level with the customs inspector. [Colloquial; early 1900s] Also see on the level.
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level with someone

in. to speak truly and honestly with someone. Okay, I’m gonna level with you. This thing is a steal at this price!
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And to be level with someone of Gary's stature in Welsh football is a huge honour.
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appears to put him on a level with someone like Alex Ross, The New Yorker's no-fooling music critic.
To have the chance maybe draw level with someone like Ian Rush is unbelievable.
To be level with someone like that, and win the championship and score a goal is fantastic.
But to gain an appreciation of the complete picture - including many little things most visitors would never notice - it helps to see the slough at sea level with someone like Tom Gaskill.