the truth of the matter

the truth of the matter

The most basic, fundamental truth of something. I know these regulations are unpopular, but the truth of that matter is that we have to control property prices if we are going to avoid an economic crisis like what we faced in the past. He never shies away from discussing the truth of the matter, even if it means he comes across badly.
See also: matter, of, truth

the ˈfact/ˈtruth of the matter

used when you want to show you are being honest, or when you are telling somebody something unusual or surprising: I didn’t take anything, and that’s the truth of the matter.The fact of the matter is that they only got married so she could stay in the country.
See also: fact, matter, of, truth
References in classic literature ?
The truth of the matter was that he was still thinking deeply of the visit of Professor Beecher to Mary Nestor, and wondering what it portended.
But the truth of the Matter is, that on either side of the Temple, there are Rocks that shoot two Miles into the Sea, and wound the Whales when they light upon 'em.
The truth of the matter being that Nikolas Rokoff was so poor a sailor that the heavy seas the Kincaid encountered from the very beginning of her voyage sent the Russian to his berth with a bad attack of sea-sickness.
The truth of the matter was that he had come to suspect the motives of the first mate of the Ithaca, and not knowing of the great chest attributed them to Bududreen's desire to possess the girl for himself.
He would have resented the suggestion profoundly, but the truth of the matter was that Dudley Pickering, after a late start, had begun to play Indians.
That, as I believe, is the truth of the matter, and not what you said at first.
Once more I could not but be astonished at the simplicity of the reasoning which had brought him to the truth of the matter.
What the truth of the matter was I knew not, but certain it was that the coaches were robbed at Dunstable Hill, and #560 in money taken; besides, some of the lace merchants that always travel that way had been visited too.
The truth of the matter was that it was Lawrence who had murdered Alfred Inglethorp with a croquet mallet.
The truth of the matter is that a student in grade seven through nine standing where I am standing, saying anything similar to what I am saying, has more influence on your peers than I ever could, Minister Pintard said.
But the truth of the matter is: The council Highways Department does not care, the police do not care, traffic wardens do not care, local councillors do not care and as to Kingdom Services caring yet remains to be seen.
The truth of the matter is Scotland could hold another referendum regardless of whether we stay or leave, so that's no reason not to take control of our own destiny.
From an American perspective, the project certainly looks great, blending slick Hollywood-style technique with that restrained sense of storytelling so heartily encouraged among Euro auteurs, though the truth of the matter is the same film wouldn't necessarily stand out if unveiled at Sundance, despite a pair of punchy lead performances from young hotshots Adele Haenel and Kevin Azais.
It is a dream world to believe that the adversarial system can, by its very nature, 100 percent of the time, provide the objectivity without which the truth of the matter cannot be found.
I can think of no good reason why any party, either government or opposition forces - would decline this opportunity to get to the truth of the matter," the U.