honest to God


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honest to God

1. expression Honestly; truly; genuinely. Used to emphasize the veracity of one's statement. I swear it wasn't me who broke the lamp, honest to God! Honest to God, how are we supposed to finish this project on time with half of our staff laid off?
2. adjective Genuine; actual. In this uage, the phrase is hyphenated. It was a real, honest-to-God treasure map. I couldn't believe me eyes.
See also: god, honest

honest to God

Also, honest to goodness or Pete ; honest Injun. Truly, really, as in Honest to God, I didn't know it was yours, or Honest to goodness, we had exactly the same experience, or I promise I'll finish in time, honest to Pete, or Honest Injun, I didn't take your wallet. These colloquial assertions date from about 1900, except for honest Injun, dating from the late 1800s and today considered offensive.
See also: god, honest

honest to ˈGod/ˈgoodness

used for emphasizing the truth of what you are saying: I didn’t tell anybody — honest to God! ▶ ˌhonest-to-ˈgoodness adj. (approving) simple and good: This book is an honest-to-goodness attempt to describe life as a political leader.
See also: god, goodness, honest
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So, here was something that actually addressed my condition; and I would say, contrary to the controversy that Honest to God provoked in its own time and a little bit afterward, that instead of challenging my faith in the wrong way and tossing me off my theological, hobby-horse, it actually preserved the Christian faith for me.
From this moment we hear words and phrases of a new generation: Bonhoeffer's "religionless Christianity," Bultmann's call to demythologize the scriptures, Tillich's God as the "Ground of All Being," Robinson's Honest to God and a call for "worldly holiness," and even a Death of God theology.
Robinson's controversial 1963 book, Honest to God, that, among other things, "we should do well to give up using the word 'God' for a generation, so impregnated has it become with a way of thinking we may have to discard if the Gospel is to signify anything" (7, 8).
But who, honest to God, really believes that nothing is impossible?
The idea is, honest to God, to learn how to evolve proteins to do whatever you want," says biochemist Stuart A.
It sounds wannabe humble, but I swear it, honest to god.
Brian said: "The little girl was heard crying, 'I must tell you summat, please take your hands off me a minute, please please, Mummy, please it hurts me, I want to see Mummy, honest to God please God, help me leave me please, help me, will you I've got to go because I'm going out with my Mamma.
Billy Graham was drawing the crowds and Honest to God appeared to be ignoring the fact that churches were growing.
I've found a way honestly I have suppose you'd say Maybe in a metaphorical way It was quite by chance really Triggered by a classic record Playing on the radio With the family album on my knee A packet of tissues at the ready I was prepared to turn back time Every photo had a momentous tale To tell, smiling familiar faces of departed Kith and Kin, actually came to life Before my whingeing eyes, births, marriages Our annual May processions, little kids Dressed like angels in pretty white frocks Tears turned to laughter as I skipped lovingly Through time, it didn't take a Dr Who Time Machine Just turn the pages of the family album Honest to God it's that easy
You are honest to God only and harming each other by these unnecessary, petty actions.
She denies being an addict saying: "I was using a bit of kit a few months ago but honest to God I'm not using just now.
Honest to god, why can't these shrill witches put a sock in it?
He said in a recorded phone call: "I've killed her, honest to God.
We had spoken almost daily for that year, and he would have had to mutter but a word or two and this native of Liverpool (he still, honest to God, says things like "toodle pip" and calls nearly everyone "Luv") would have stood out even in a New York crowd.
Somehow managed to completely miss James Zabiela - according to everyone who heard him, his set was a show-stealing, honest to God blinder.