to tell the truth

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to tell (you) the truth

I must admit; to be honest; in actuality. To tell you the truth, even though I majored in English literature, I've never read anything by Hemingway! I know I said I wanted to go out to the bars tonight, but to tell the truth, I'd rather just stay home and watch a movie.
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to tell (you) the ˈtruth

used when admitting something: To tell the truth, I fell asleep in the middle of her talk.
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Themes convince subjects to tell the truth, regardless of the consequences.
But it is an intriguing irony that a government which has turned presentation into a black art form should lose two big-hitters because they were so skilled at two of the politicians' essential talents - one with his ability to lie, the other with her determination to tell the truth.
A landslide 72 per cent of people believe that politicians cannot be trusted to tell the truth.
The investigator used similar reasons to encourage Brad to tell the truth about Valerie.
The privilege proceeded primarily from the objection to the moral compulsion associated with the oath and the dilemma it created for people of conscience either to lie under oath or to tell the truth and thereby risk conviction for offenses they believed the state was without power to punish.
And it's time for Superintendent Roy Romer and his vast staff of bureaucrats to learn to tell the truth, the whole truth, and stop playing us all for fools.
Seventy-two per cent of people believe politicians cannot be trusted to tell the truth and seven out of 10 believe Ministers are prone to lying.
It is important for parents to help their children have the courage to tell the truth and face up to the consequences.
Are you going to tell the truth, Det McCarrick asked.
Yes, most of us were taught as kids to tell the truth.