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honest to goodness

Honestly; truly; genuinely. An expression used to emphasize the veracity of one's statement, "goodness" 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 goodness! Honest to goodness, how are we supposed to finish this project on time with half of our staff laid off?
See also: goodness, honest

Honest to goodness.

 and Honest to God.; Honest to Pete.
I speak the truth. (Some people may object to the use of God in this phrase.) Did he really say that? Honest to goodness? Honest to Pete, I've been to the South Pole.
See also: goodness, 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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According to our ACF Poll of What Australian's Really, Honest-To-Goodness Care About, it is time we do something about this, for good.
This new line provides consumers with an honest-to-goodness meal," said Jonathan Gray, manager of research and development at ConAgra Foods.
Not by doing everything in a real, honest-to-goodness, non-fakey way though, oh no.
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At present Jack Dorsey has only said that he is very excited about a new start-up he is getting ready to launch and has not yet released any honest-to-goodness details.
Now, researchers are on to phase two: turning that cellular glop into a square inch of honest-to-goodness muscle tissue.
There was a down-to-earth honest-to-goodness about Monica that commended her to all who knew her.
Sam is told he's in the year 1973, and concludes he is one of three things: an honest-to-goodness time traveler, in a coma and dreaming, or outright bonkers -- none a good option with a murder to prevent in 2006.
Afterwards, they can stroll next door to an authentic, old-fashioned, honest-to-goodness soda fountain and indulge in their favorite ice cream creation.
Things that we used to value, like choice (a choice of 2,476 types of speciality coffee doesn't count), olde English tea shoppes and, more importantly, honest-to-goodness caffs which celebrate the three Ts: tea, tea and tea.
In football, however, you need the honest-to-goodness performers as well ( and if they are local lads to boot then all the better.
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CEO types like the multiday trips because they can get an honest-to-goodness break from their daily lives," says Ashley Korenblat Sevenoff, owner of Western Spirit.