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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Summary: Democratic elections cannot be described as competitions aimed at revealing which candidates tell the unvarnished truth.
Now at last we have the unvarnished truth from someone who really knows the score: playing golf for a living is not a job, just a very well paid indulgence.
However, the unvarnished truth is that the US suffered the terror of September 11 because of its support to Israel.
In Roadmap to Revenue, longtime marketing and sales guru Kristin Zhivago does what few experts in the field dare to do: tell the unvarnished truth about selling to customers.
One of the reasons that peace has been so hard to achieve is that we have uncoupled our search for peace from the search for universal justice and unvarnished truth.
If your inquiry is genuine, you may get the unvarnished truth.
When Denise's son told her the unvarnished truth, she decided to stick to her diet.
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.
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.
Was there ever a time when a leading organ of the US media could speak the unvarnished truth about the links between the United States and Israel?