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be (something) itself

To be the embodiment of a particular trait (stated between "be" and "itself"). My mom is just kindness itself—she's always willing to help anyone in need.
See also: itself

honesty is the best policy

proverb Telling the truth is always the best course of action, even when being dishonest would be easier or more useful. I think you should just explain what happened, rather than trying to cover your tracks. Honesty is the best policy, after all. Secrets like that will always find their way to the surface, so honesty is definitely the best policy.
See also: honesty, policy

in all honesty

In one's sincere opinion; without any disingenuousness. In all honesty, I think this project plan is severely flawed.
See also: all, honesty
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Honesty is the best policy.

Prov. You should always tell the truth, even when it seems as if it would be useful to tell a lie. Jill: I borrowed Jane's white blouse without asking her, and then I spilled tomato sauce on it. Should I tell her what happened, or should I just put the blouse back in her closet and hope she won't notice? Jane: Honesty is the best policy.
See also: honesty, policy
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in all ˈhonesty

speaking honestly: I can’t in all honesty say that I’ve had much experience of this kind of work, but I’m willing to try it.
See also: all, honesty

be ˌpatience, ˌhonesty, simˌplicity, etc. itˈself

be an example of complete patience, etc: The manager of the hotel was courtesy itself.Programming the video is simplicity itself.
See also: itself
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