Truth be known - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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(if the) truth be known
I must admit; to be honest; in actuality. Truth be known, 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 if the truth be known, I'd rather just stay home and watch a movie.
if (the) ˌtruth be ˈknown/ˈtold used to tell somebody the true facts about a situation, especially when these are not known by other people: None of the students really liked the new teacher. In fact, if the truth be told, everyone was rather afraid of him.
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As a result, many to whom I have spoken will no longer be contributing to your organization, and they have all agreed to join my efforts in letting the truth be known