(if the) truth be told

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(if the) truth be told

I must admit; to be honest; in actuality. Truth be told, even though I majored in English literature, I've never read anything by Hemingway! I know I said I wanted to go out to the bars tonight, but if the truth be told, I'd rather just stay home and watch a movie.
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Johnson consciously links Rutherford's thieving with the status of the African-American - "Theft, if the truth be told, was the closest thing I knew to transcendence" (46) - and resolves this criminality once Rutherford's existence has undergone the tests of confrontation, reflection, and transformation.