grain of truth

grain of truth

A little bit of truth. Often used to refer to a small amount of insight or truth in something otherwise false or nonsensical. The only reason why Dave's joke about my love life bothered me so much is because there was a grain of truth to it.
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(a) grain of truth

even the smallest amount of truth. The attorney was unable to find a grain of truth in the defendant's testimony. If there were a grain of truth to your statement, I would trust you.
See also: grain, of, truth
References in classic literature ?
In this false statement there was mingled a grain of truth.
Experience and in-telligence combined to assure me that there could be no slightest grain of truth or possibility in your wild tale--it was fiction pure and simple.
There was perhaps a grain of truth mixed up with this last report.
He could not conceive of the possibility of apparently having passed through such a weird adventure in which there was no grain of truth.
It was a straight-forward fact that allegations were made as opposed to information leaked by the Government which often turns out to be without a grain of truth.
Whilst this was an amusing aside it contains more than a grain of truth.
There is, no doubt, a grain of truth in many of the stories she has taken to highlighting for the benefit of my health.
Fortunately, it didn't quite come to that but there was more than a grain of truth in the assessment.
According to various media outlets I've negotiated with several clubs and already signed a pre-contract with Barcelona, but there isn't a grain of truth in any of it," said the World Cup winner.
The opposition in Malaysia are trying to make a fuss about the lack of human rights and racism and religious intolerance in the country, he noted, but that characterization, he stressed, lacked a grain of truth, which is that Malaysia has followed the course of democracy for five decades with noticeable success.
Refusing to budge from his position of not apologising for the Gujarat riots, Modi said he should be hanged in public if there is a grain of truth in the allegations of his involvement.
The lawmaker said a grain of truth is present in demands of the given movement.
Might there be a grain of truth in the claims of some people arrested in the past, who have used the expression of being 'verballed' and 'fitted- up' by police?
A Final Grain Of Truth Jack Webster Black & White Publishing
Zygmunt Miloszewski is an award-winning Polish crime novelist, whose most recent book is A Grain of Truth.