tell it how it is

tell it how it is

To speak bluntly, directly, and truthfully, even if what is being said is undesirable to the listener. I always respect employees who are willing to tell it how it is, rather than trying to sugarcoat everything to save a little face. I tell it how it is, and that rubs a lot of people the wrong way.
See also: how, tell

tell it how/like it ˈis

(informal) tell somebody something honestly and directly: All right, I’ll tell it like it is. I don’t love you Rachel, and I never have.
See also: how, like, tell