naked truth


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the naked truth

The total, unembellished, and unaltered truth. Used especially to something that someone may consider unpleasant or offensive. While they were created with good intentions, the naked truth is that these policies have set back our economic recovery by at least another five years.
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naked truth

the complete, unembellished truth. Sorry to put it to you like this, but it's the naked truth. I can take it. Just tell me the naked truth.
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naked truth

Plain unadorned facts, without concealment or embellishment. For example, What I've told you is the naked truth. This expression supposedly alludes to a fable in which Truth and Falsehood went bathing, Falsehood then dressed in Truth's clothes, and Truth, refusing to take another's clothes, went naked. [Late 1500s]
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naked truth

n. the complete, unembellished truth. Sorry to put it to you like this, but it’s the naked truth.
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naked truth

The plain unvarnished facts. Allegedly this term came from a fable in which Truth and Falsehood went bathing. Falsehood finished first and dressed in Truth’s garments, whereupon Truth, unwilling to take Falsehood’s clothes, went naked. Appealing as this tale may be, the image of unvarnished truth is not that exotic. Tennyson used it in Idylls of the King: “Mere white truth in simple nakedness.” William Safire pointed out that in the 1970s it was a favorite term with journalists, who thus contributed to its survival.
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References in classic literature ?
I am giving you the naked truth. It's true too that nothing lays itself open to the charge of exaggeration more than the language of naked truth.
And I would have thee know, Sancho, that if the naked truth, undisguised by flattery, came to the ears of princes, times would be different, and other ages would be reckoned iron ages more than ours, which I hold to be the golden of these latter days.
It was one of those occasions which seemed to call for the naked truth."
There was a fearful dismay in this suggestion of my excited imagination, and if I had allowed myself time to dwell upon it, I should no doubt have cut there and then, rushed back to my chamber, and bolted myself in; but whenever a danger or a horror is veiled with uncertainty, the primary wish of the mind is to ascertain first the naked truth, reserving the expedient of flight for the moment when its dread anticipation shall be realized.
"David," says he at last, "I've lost it; there's the naked truth."
When the man in reply avowed the truth; the blunt, remorseless, naked truth; 'This is the saloon, sir' - he actually reeled beneath the blow.
Nothing can pass there, or make you one of the circle, but the casting aside your trappings, and dealing man to man in naked truth, plain confession, and omniscient affirmation.
Such reluctance may appear absurd if it were not for the thought that because of the imperfection of language there is always something ungracious (and even disgraceful) in the exhibition of naked truth. But the time has come when Councillor of State Mikulin can no longer be ignored.
In either case the time for suppression is past, and every word which I tell you is the naked truth, and this I swear as I hope for mercy.
And you, gentlemen, I assure you my anecdote is the naked truth. I may remark that reality, although it is governed by invariable law, has at times a resemblance to falsehood.
"I guess the very best case I can make for myself is the absolute naked truth."
Thus, in the crucible of shame amidst the white heat of naked truths, the passion that the man had felt for the girl he had considered his social inferior was transmuted into love.
Naked Truth, starring Lisa Riley, was a sell-out on its first night at the Forum in Billingham.
NAKED TRUTH: Eithne hides her modesty with a bunch of lilies ECHO picture: TRACEY O'NEILL
THE NAKED TRUTH: I still say we'dhave got away with it if I'd taken my clothes off,darling.