nugget of truth

nugget of truth

A singular element of truth or wisdom within or among 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 nugget of truth in what he said about the need for lower taxes. Conspiracy theories survive because they are usually laced with little nuggets of truth that give them the air of credibility.
See also: nugget, of, truth
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The one nugget of truth that Loria did say was that the buck stopped with him (although, he tried to back out of that when the media cornered him saying that he didn't hit, pitch, and field).
It will be difficult to distinguish truth from propaganda, but experience shows there is often a nugget of truth in North Korea's claims," he said.
The emphasis on intentions, however, does expose the thesis to that worrisome maxim according to which "art is anything that is intended to be art," a maxim in which Levinson finds a "large nugget of truth.
RichardP saw some nugget of truth in the figures: "I use a mobility scooter and there are so many pavements that don't have a 'drop' to enable you to cross the road.
Despite the hyperbole there is a nugget of truth as regards the performance of this symphony - the final movement must be manic.
For once there was a nugget of truth in his comments, because he correctly mentioned the importance of 1948 in resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
But it turned out there was a nugget of truth to the gossip.
Although these tales are often fanciful, Europe's lost world: the rediscovery of Doggerland, holds out the prospect that some may be grounded in at least a small nugget of truth.
We laugh because in the silliness there is a small nugget of truth we can relate to.
NUGGET OF TRUTH Prawns are very low in fat, only have 106 calories per 100g and are high in protein, which creates energy.
Yet beneath the scribbling of a New Zealand hack who can't have ventured outside the city centre, there is a nugget of truth.
In Socratic style he mines the best of each perspective for the gold nugget of truth.
Intelligence produced by our security services is a witches' brew of shadowy, gossipy, half-truths, rumour, leaks, misinformation and the occasional gold nugget of truth.
There is a nugget of truth in Taubes' criticisms of establishment dietary fat advice.
case, given way to the perception that tabloid stories often contain a solid nugget of truth.