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really and truly
cliché Absolutely; with total honesty or sincerity. I am really and truly sorry for what happened. A: "Do you love me, Margaret?" B: "Oh, I do, Jacob—really and truly!"
Used as a polite valediction. A variant of "yours truly." I hope to see you again soon. Truly yours, Jane.
well and truly
Completely. I'd rather not make any big purchases until we are well and truly out of debt.
informal Us; ourselves. A less common plural form of "yours truly." The boss claims credit for all these projects, but do you know who did all the work? Yours trulies—me and my team!
1. A formal phrase used as a valediction at the close of a letter, similar to "sincerely." Yours truly, Jane
2. Me; I; myself. My boss claims credit for all these projects, but do you know who did all the work? Yours truly! Everybody is jumping on their bandwagon, but you can count out yours truly, because I'm loyal to my team.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. a closing phrase at the end of a letter, just before the signature. Yours truly, Tom Jones. Best wishes from yours truly, Bill Smith.
2. oneself; I; me. There's nobody here right now but yours truly. Everyone else got up and left the table leaving yours truly to pay the bill.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. A closing formula for a letter, as in It was signed "Yours truly, Mary Smith." [Late 1700s]
2. I, me, myself, as in Jane sends her love, as does yours truly. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1 (informal, often humorous) I/me: Steve came first, Robin second, and yours truly came last. ♢ And of course, all the sandwiches will be made by yours truly.
2 (Yours Truly) (American English, formal, written) used at the end of a formal letter before you sign your name
ˌwell and ˈtruly(informal) completely: We were in the middle of the forest, and well and truly lost.
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n. me, the speaker or writer. If it was up to yours truly, there wouldn’t be any such problem.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
I, myself, or me: "Let me talk about a typical day in the life of yours truly" (Robert A. Spivey).
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
really and truly
Genuinely, undoubtedly. This redundancy (really and truly mean the same thing, but the repetition makes for emphasis) dates from the eighteenth century. The OED holds it is a North American children’s locution, but nearly all of its citations, ranging from Henry Fielding (1742) to the present, are from adult books. Thomas Macaulay used it in his The History of England (1849), “The king is really and truly a Catholic.”
I, me, myself. This phrase has been used as a closing formula for letters since the late eighteenth century. By the mid-nineteenth century it was also being used as a synonym for “I,” as in George A. Sala’s The Baddington Peerage (1860): “The verdict will be ‘Guilty, my Lord,’ against yours truly.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
I. For whatever reason of modesty (or false modesty) that prevented speakers or writers from using the first-person singular pronoun “I,” the “yours truly” convention was established. It came from the standard letter closing. It sounded mannered when it was first used in the 19th century and even more so now. Other equally stilted circumlocutions for “I” or “me” used in writing are “your reporter” (still found in alumni class notes) and “your correspondent.”
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price