honest to Pete

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honest to Pete

Honestly; truly; genuinely. An expression used to emphasize the veracity of one's statement, "Pete" here is a substitution of the word "God," so as to avoid potential blasphemy. I swear it wasn't me who broke the lamp, honest to Pete! Honest to Pete, how are we supposed to finish this project on time with half of our staff laid off?
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Honest to Pete, folks, I wish I were making this up.
The contemporary references (touching the Iraq invasion and, honest to Pete, ``garment malfunctions'') are jarring.