the 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.
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.
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]
the naked truththe plain truth, without concealment or embellishment.
This phrase may originally have developed as a translation of the Latin phrase nudaque veritas , found in Horace's Odes, or to any of various fables that personify Truth as a naked woman in contrast to the elaborate dress and artifice of Falsehood.
the naked ˈtruththe truth, which may be unpleasant: If you want the naked truth about it, he’ll certainly give it to you!
n. the complete, unembellished truth. Sorry to put it to you like this, but it’s the 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.