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the naked truth
The total, unembellished, and unaltered truth. Used especially to something that someone may consider unpleasant or offensive. While they were created with good intentions, the naked truth is that these policies have set back our economic recovery by at least another five years.
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the complete, unembellished truth. Sorry to put it to you like this, but it's the naked truth. I can take it. Just tell me the naked truth.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Plain unadorned facts, without concealment or embellishment. For example, What I've told you is the naked truth. This expression supposedly alludes to a fable in which Truth and Falsehood went bathing, Falsehood then dressed in Truth's clothes, and Truth, refusing to take another's clothes, went naked. [Late 1500s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
n. the complete, unembellished truth. Sorry to put it to you like this, but it’s the naked truth.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
The plain unvarnished facts. Allegedly this term came from a fable in which Truth and Falsehood went bathing. Falsehood finished first and dressed in Truth’s garments, whereupon Truth, unwilling to take Falsehood’s clothes, went naked. Appealing as this tale may be, the image of unvarnished truth is not that exotic. Tennyson used it in Idylls of the King: “Mere white truth in simple nakedness.” William Safire pointed out that in the 1970s it was a favorite term with journalists, who thus contributed to its survival.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer