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home truth

An uncomfortable or unpleasant fact, especially one that is hard to hear or acknowledge. Often used in the plural. After growing tired of Paul's constant complaining, Jana decided to tell him a few home truths about his bad attitude.
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home truth

A key or basic truth, especially one that is discomforting to acknowledge. For example, It's time you told a few home truths here, such as where your campaign finances actually came from . This expression uses home in the sense of "the very heart of a matter." [c. 1700]
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a ˌhome ˈtruth

an honest criticism of a person said directly to them: It’s time someone told you a few home truths, my boy!
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"We spoke a few home truths between ourselves on Monday and we got a good reaction and a good training session.
On the other hand, this could be a day of home truths. People ganging up on you in groups - what's new?
"There have been some home truths. The seniors have had to step up and what we have introduced is accountability and consequences if we don't get performances.
"We are not going into the ins and outs of what was said in the dressing room but there were a couple of home truths said.
Fife boss Gary Naysmith blasted: "I've let the players know a few home truths."
Steve McClaren has revealed he shared a few "home truths" with the Newcastle United squad following the dire display at Everton, something which prompted a much-improved performance during the 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.
HUDDERSFIELD Rugby Union Club coach Gareth Lewis hopes "a few home truths" will help them return to winning ways against Leicester Lions at Lockwood Park tomorrow.
He also tells her some home truths. "You can't play hard to at your age Hope.
Home Truths accompanied an exhibition of the same name (first shown at the Photographers' Gallery in London, with adapted displays later shown in Chicago and Belfast), though the volume functions somewhat differently than a standard exhibition catalogue.
What piffle, I am more inclined to agree with others who were saying the prince was sticking up for the average person by telling the Government a few home truths. Prince Charles with his high-profile status would carry far more weight with his opinions than any other person I can think of, so good luck to him.
In a report entitled Home Truths, the NHF called on the Government to do more to build affordable homes in the capital and other growth areas where the housing market is "overheating".
"Home Truths: Highlights from BC History" seeks to explore the history of the Canadian Province through important geological and personal history events as many writers offer their insights on how the country was built and formed over the years.
In a new report titled 'Home Truths 2012: England' the organisation said that millions of families are struggling to pay for their home because rental and house prices are continuing to rise, after years of not enough homes being built.
He comes to Home Truths with numerous credentials: prize-winning author of eight novels among more than a dozen books; onetime English professor at Vanderbilt University; Kenyon College, and Johns Hopkins and former administrator at Goucher College.