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unvarnished truth

The plain facts without embellishment, as in Let's just have the unvarnished truth about the sale. This idiom was first recorded in 1883, although unvarnished had been used to describe a direct statement since Shakespeare's time.
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A press officer charged with putting a difficult message in a positive light is, by definition, standing between you and that unvarnished truth.
What she does with her Weblog, she writes, is "a raw, unvarnished form [of journalism] that still makes many professional journalists uncomfortable.
And the smartest CEOs create feedback mechanisms that allow some unvarnished truths to reach their ears.
Sweden's answer to Bonnie Raitt--don't laugh, she's damn good-Hoffsten tackles tunes from the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Bobby "Blue" Bland but sings like she wrote them herself, unleashing unvarnished lust, anger, and regret.
But what's most striking about Jones is her romance with unvarnished urbanity--an appreciation for fully human portraits of city life, warts and beauty marks alike, that is more commonly associated with artists like Spike Lee and Richard Pryor.
I'm not going to dwell too very much on the lyrics: heartfelt, elephantine, and veering ever so closely to unvarnished cliche ("The air tonight is rarefied/It's all I need, the air I breathe/You're burning all my bridges baby/Set your sights as low as they can go .
Four essentials are proposed for schools and discussed: (1) Robust history/social studies curricula, starting in the elementary years and continuing though every year of schooling; (2) Full and honest teaching of the American story; (3) Unvarnished accounts of what life has been and is like in nondemocratic societies; and (4) Cultivation of the virtues essential to a healthy democracy.
Now he and Mr Hoon must honour that trust by telling the full, unvarnished story about what REALLY happened.
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But to spot it in one's self is not only difficult but painful, and no one wants to take the descending path to that naked, unvarnished truth, with all its unacceptable humiliations.
To do this, we must maintain an unvarnished view of the proliferators, and we must disrupt their supply of sensitive goods and technology before it contributes to an increased WMD capability or falls into the hands of terrorists or other rogue states.
On unvarnished samples, some types of paint fared better than others under laser cleaning.
It underscores a statement and purposefully calls attention to an unvarnished "truth.
Few ghost towns have the unvarnished authenticity that Bannack has.