unvarnished truth


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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.
See also: truth
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If your inquiry is genuine, you may get the unvarnished truth.
As Thomas DiLorenzo explains in Organized Crime: the Unvarnished Truth about Government, once the plant is built and the power lines are present, the cost of adding another utility customer approaches zero.
Irvin as usual opted for the unvarnished truth, and Wylie gave it to him - a full nine innings.
What SNP ministers said was "scaremongering" by their opponents was, in fact, the plain, unvarnished truth - as told to them by their own civil servants more than a year ago.
When Denise's son told her the unvarnished truth, she decided to stick to her diet.
That's not easy (which is why we're not all doing it) but when, 20 minutes into the set, Chris Martin joked "we're just warming up - we haven't even got to the best songs yet" he was speaking the unvarnished truth.
Yesterday, both parties acknowledged the unvarnished truth that the economy continues to face perilous times.
The sin of Gibran and Samir, as with Salim Lawzi and Kamel Mroue in 1966, was that their pens told the unvarnished truth.
However, if you want the unvarnished truth, as he sees it, about why your child--Black, White, poor, middle-class, urban or suburban--is getting an inadequate education in public school, this is the book you need.
I'm quite happy to face anybody anywhere and to tell our story because it happens to be the unvarnished truth," G.
Al Simpson himself gave Donald Loren Hardy full editorial control and a mandate to tell the complete, unvarnished truth.
Either people believe I am telling them the straight, unvarnished truth or they don't," she said.
You'll be getting uncut, uncensored, you'll be getting the unvarnished truth out of the White House because that's what the American people deserve," she said, taking a deliberate swing at Obama's heavy use of teleprompters.
When the week is over and the focus shifts elsewhere, off comes the make-up to display the unvarnished truth beneath.
Although recent events have cast some aspects of life in Egypt in a different light, the unvarnished truth of the work coming out of Cairo continues to inspire and captivate Cleary.