to tell 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, to, truth
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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, to, truth
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But coming from a "purity" candidate who wants to lecture us on "how to tell the truth," it suggests a certain self-delusion.
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For the woman who kills her spouse, the chance to tell her side of the story - the years of abuse by her husband - may prove reason enough for her to tell the truth. For the repeat burglar, knowing that continuing to break into homes could result in being killed or wounded by a homeowner armed with a firearm may constitute a reason to confess.