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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.
in all honesty
In one's sincere opinion; without any disingenuousness. In all honesty, I think this project plan is severely flawed.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
in all ˈhonestyspeaking 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.
be ˌpatience, ˌhonesty, simˌplicity, etc. itˈselfbe 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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