warts and all


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warts and all

Cliché even with the flaws. It's a great performancewarts and all. Yes, we admire each other very much, warts and all.
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warts and all

including all faults or other unpleasant facts Because no one is perfect, you have to accept people warts and all.
Etymology: from the fact that warts (small, hard lumps that grow on the skin) are thought of as being ugly
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warts and all

if you describe or show someone or something warts and all, you do not try to hide the bad things about them
Usage notes: A wart is a small hard lump which grows on the skin and looks unpleasant.
He tried to portray the president as he was, warts and all.
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warts and all

Including all blemishes, faults, and shortcomings, as in Rather unwisely, they decided to buy the house, warts and all. This expression supposedly alludes to Oliver Cromwell's instruction to portrait painter Sir Peter Lely to "remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it." [First half of 1600s]
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warts and all

Slang
All defects and imperfections notwithstanding: They love each other, warts and all.
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warts and all

Without sparing any literal or figurative blemishes. The phrase is attributed to England's Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell, who ordered Sir John Lely, the artist painting his portrait, not to flatter him, but to paint him with any and all physical imperfections . . . “‘warts and all.” As many people over the years credited Cromwell with the phrase, there is no definite proof that he did indeed use it. Still, if he didn't, he should have.
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