the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

The absolute truth about something, without omission, embellishment, or alteration. Used to swear in witnesses while giving evidence in court, and used by extension in other contexts. Place your hand on the Bible—do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Where did the money go? Tell me the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
See also: and, but, nothing, truth, whole

the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

the full and unvarnished truth.
These words are part of the statement sworn by witnesses giving evidence in court. They are often used informally to emphasize the absolute veracity of a statement.
See also: and, but, nothing, truth, whole
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That is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Then, when cases involving terrorists come to court, the juries would be hearing the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth David Anderson,Dunbartonshire
If you believe that the guilty party in the Love Canal tragedy is the Hooker Chemicals & Plastics Corporation, which the Justice Department is suing, rather than the Niagara Fails Board of Education, which bought the dump from Hooker in 1953; or if you believe that Michael Brown's famous book that has become the popular authority on the whole mess, Laying Waste: The Poisoning of America by Toxic Chemicals, sets out the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about Love Canal, then you've been snookered.
Snyder is author of "25 to Life: The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth," published in 2002.
forces men to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Probably I'm naive, but I have to say that I'm repelled by the sight of platoons of corporate executives, on Capitol Hill as well as in the courts, who swear to tell--but who tell nothing like-- the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
One need not have any special training in the law, however, to realize that not every failure to relate the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth properly results in a perjury indictment.