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be on the level
To be honest, trustworthy, and genuine. My daughter's fiancé is a very respectable fellow, and his actions are always on the level.
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on the level, to be
Honest, straightforward, and sincere. An American colloquialism originating in the late nineteenth century, this term may have come from Freemasonry, in which the carpenter’s level symbolizes integrity. Ngaio Marsh used it in a 1936 novel (Death in Ecstasy), “He’s on the level all right.”
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