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(I'm) not gonna lie

slang Used to indicate one's honest opinion about something, especially when that opinion may be unpopular, unexpected, or unfavorable. ("Gonna" is a colloquial spelling of "going to.") Ugh, I've been so bored this whole break! I'm not gonna lie, I'm kinda ready for school to start again. A: "The third movie in the series just ruined the whole franchise for me." B: "Really? It's always been my favorite one, not gonna lie." A: "And that's why I think women shouldn't enter politics." B: "Dude, not gonna lie, that all makes you sound like a misogynistic jerk."
See also: gonna, lie, not

everything's going to be OK

A phrase used to reassure or comfort someone. I know you're worried, but everything's going to be OK—I promise.
See also: going, OK, to

going to tattle

Ready to inform an authority figure of one's bad behavior. Aw man, if she saw us, she's definitely going to tattle.
See also: going, tattle, to

going to tell

Ready to inform an authority figure of one's bad behavior. Aw man, she's going to tell Mom what we did.
See also: going, tell, to


An informal contraction of "going to." I was gonna tell you, I swear! I'm gonna be rich and famous some day!

haters gonna hate

slang There will always be those who seek to criticize and undermine things, whether justified or not. The phrase is often used to dismiss such critics while acknowledging that it is no use trying to stop them. I don't enjoy when opposing teams' fans boo me, but, hey, haters gonna hate. Oh well, haters gonna hate. Don't that dampen your excitement!
See also: gonna, hate
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

going to tell

 and going to tattle
a threat that one is going to report someone's misdeed to someone in authority. If you do that again, I'm going to tell! Sue just went to the teacher. She's going to tattle.
See also: going, tell, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


(ˈgɔnə and ˈgʊnə)
phr. going to. (Eye-dialect. Used in writing only for effect. Used in the examples of this dictionary.) I’m gonna get you, you little dickens!
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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