level with (one)

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level with (one)

To be honest with one, especially after having been deceitful or not completely truthful or forthcoming. I'm going to level with you, OK? I'm not who you think I am. Jesse, you need to level with us so we can help you. We're on your side, but you need to tell us the truth.
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level with someone (about someone or something)

Fig. to be straightforward with someone about something; to be sincere or truthful about someone or something. The police encouraged the criminal to level with them about the crime. Level with me, and tell me what you thought of my cake.
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level with someone

Speak frankly and openly to someone, as in His companions advised him to level with the customs inspector. [Colloquial; early 1900s] Also see on the level.
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level with someone

in. to speak truly and honestly with someone. Okay, I’m gonna level with you. This thing is a steal at this price!
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References in classic literature ?
'No, no, my lord; you are too good, you are too kind; but your life is of far too much importance to the nation in these portentous times, to be placed upon a level with one so useless and so poor as mine.
Since the inception of PMT 352 over four years ago, Wynne is the highest ranking acquisition official to visit the course, and his visit was a rare opportunity for students to listen to, and interact on a personal level with one of DoD's top key decision makers.
Gap filling exercise as an example for a classroom activity can give the reader an idea on how student awareness is raised: Students were asked to fill the gaps at sentence level with one appropriate word so that they would not get bored and feel unsafe with lots of gaps.