to be honest


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to be honest

set phrase Used to emphasize that one is speaking truthfully (and perhaps reluctantly). Well, to be honest, I've never liked her husband that much. I know you guys love going to bars on Saturday night, but to be honest, it really doesn't interest me.
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Maybe when we are honest about the holes in our playing, it gives us courage to be honest about the holes in our teaching and in our professional relationships, instead of looking the other way.