to tell (you) the truth

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to tell (you) the truth

I must admit; to be honest; in actuality. To tell you the truth, even though I majored in English literature, I've never read anything by Hemingway! I know I said I wanted to go out to the bars tonight, but to tell the truth, I'd rather just stay home and watch a movie.
See also: tell, truth

to tell (you) the ˈtruth

used when admitting something: To tell the truth, I fell asleep in the middle of her talk.
See also: tell, truth
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During an extensive interview at his rather messy Fox News office in New York--"It's always like this," he explains--O'Reilly talks about almost every gay issue under the sun, from the gay pride parade ("It's offensive, it's foolish, it's counterproductive, and it backlashes against you") to gay adoption (he supports it and did a terrific interview with Rosie O'Donnell, but adds, "I'm not looking out for the gays here; I've got to tell you the truth.
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To tell you the truth, I'd like to impeach Clinton every day.
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This is not the time to bring this up, to tell you the truth,'' Canter told the committee.
They're a solid team, but I think we can get 'em, to tell you the truth,'' said Aztecs freshman tailback Lynell Hamilton, who has run for 509 yards in four games.
I don't know what the problem is, to tell you the truth,'' Smiley said.
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