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home truth

An uncomfortable or unpleasant fact, especially one that is hard to hear or acknowledge. Often used in the plural. After growing tired of Paul's constant complaining, Jana decided to tell him a few home truths about his bad attitude.
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home truth

A key or basic truth, especially one that is discomforting to acknowledge. For example, It's time you told a few home truths here, such as where your campaign finances actually came from . This expression uses home in the sense of "the very heart of a matter." [c. 1700]
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a ˌhome ˈtruth

an honest criticism of a person said directly to them: It’s time someone told you a few home truths, my boy!
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"I have told the football club some home truths, and rightly so.
This might explain why Home Truths also focuses on imaginative lies Duff told others--and himself "I have spent my life lying about what 1 could not bear to accept as truth," he concludes, "and I have ended up writing fiction, lies about what happened to people....
'We need to speak plainly about housing need,' said TCPA Director, Gideon Amos, launching the Home Truths paper.
Von Adlerstein, author of 'Home Truths' and 'The Vogue Guide To Good Form' is a Baroness and previously was a features editor and travel director at Vogue magazine.
Stein could be stupid, but she was also a shrewd student of wars whose home truths cannot be rubbished.
THE DELIGHTFUL ENTERTAINMENT Home Truths is all about writing, and although many of us balk at reading about writers and their writing, since it so often reeks of an exhausted imagination inflicted upon us by a writer who has nothing left to write about except his craft, in this case it comes up a little gem, with some notable flaws, but a little gem anyway, which I will urge you to read after I do some minor nitpicking.
Even the characters are secondhand, from principals such as the wounded vet haunted by memories of 'Nam down to the supporting cast, which includes both a "wizened old-timer" and a "wily old country lawyer." Ironically, that unoriginality is what makes the novel sadly fascinating: The New City embodies the home truths that circulate in the world as portrayed by National Public Radio (Amidon has worked as a commentator on American issues for the BBC), and Amidon probably reflects the beliefs of many thoughtful people today.
In the late 1850s, we know, Richmond and certain other cities outlawed minstrelsy for its hint of insurrection, perhaps an unthinkable prospect to us now; Brown has Rice assassinated, pointedly, by a Confederate loyalist, and he everywhere portrays minstrel shows delivering humanist home truths refracted through the distorting stage form appropriate to a society upended by racial confusion.
Collections of her well-constructed, perceptive, often humorous short stories include My Heart Is Broken (1964), The Pegnitz Junction (1973), Home Truths: Selected Canadian Stories (1981), Overhead in a Balloon: Stories of Paris (1985), In Transit (1988), and Across the Bridge (1993).
There's also Ed Harriman's Hack: Home Truths About Foreign News.
The defender revealed how a few home truths from manager Dean Smith jolted the players into rescuing a draw.
Please give him some home truths and make it clear he needs to start pulling his weight.
He later visits Sharon and gets more than he bargained for when she shares some harsh home truths about his disappearing act.
So it doesn't exactly help when Tina pays her a visit to give her some home truths.