the honest truth

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the honest truth

The sincere, unadulterated truth. I swear it wasn't me who broke the lamp, that's the honest truth! The honest truth is that I don't really see this relationship working out in the long run.
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Riach, "and if he did, I'll tell ye the honest truth, we couldnae get the men to follow.
I tell you the honest truth when I say I could squander away as many as a dozen feasts like this and never care THAT for the expense
I know it; but to tell the honest truth we was kinder - kinder driftin' when we run ag'in' young Olley.
Well," that gentleman answered, "to tell you the honest truth, Miss Morse, I'm afraid I am going to disappoint you a little.
In the daytime, when I listened attentively, I could hear, even through the boards, the voices of the demoiselles in their hours of recreation, and, to speak the honest truth, my sentimental reflections were occasionally a trifle disarranged by the not quite silvery, in fact the too often brazen sounds, which, rising from the unseen paradise below, penetrated clamorously into my solitude.
Tom colored up and looked hurt for a minute, then seemed to right himself with a shrug, and said, in his outspoken way, "To tell the honest truth, Polly, it was not a very hard one.
So the sooner he goes, the better for him, and the sooner I go, the better for me, I am sure, or else I shall have my maid gallivanting with somebody who may rob the house--though what there is to take away, besides tables and chairs, I don't know, except the miniatures: and he is a clever thief who can dispose of them to any great advantage, for I can't, I know, and that's the honest truth.
And to confess the honest truth, he needed the whole; for now the Minotaur, turning suddenly about, caught sight of Theseus, and instantly lowered his horribly sharp horns, exactly as a mad bull does when he means to rush against an enemy.
He said: "I grew up on a council estate in south London, I wasn't really aware about what the UK Government could do for me or not, that's just the honest truth.
We need to do better than we have done this season, that's the honest truth.
Harry last year said of private visits: "It's something mum did and that's the time that you really get to learn, you get the honest truth.
However, the creative team missed a trick here -- there was an opportunity to be quirky and imagi- native; to find situations in life where the honest truth would have really rocked.
He said, 'The objective of that policy has changed totally - it's trying to stimulate aggregate demand and the honest truth is that it's not capable of doing that in a sustainable way.
The Honest Truth about Dishonesty is mental fuel for the journey.
However, the future of British dairy farming and the health of the average person could be greatly improved if we as consumers were given the honest truth about our food choices instead of being dictated to by the huge international food companies whose only objective is profit at all costs.