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unvarnished truth

The plain facts without embellishment, as in Let's just have the unvarnished truth about the sale. This idiom was first recorded in 1883, although unvarnished had been used to describe a direct statement since Shakespeare's time.
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A press officer charged with putting a difficult message in a positive light is, by definition, standing between you and that unvarnished truth.
And the smartest CEOs create feedback mechanisms that allow some unvarnished truths to reach their ears.
But what's most striking about Jones is her romance with unvarnished urbanity--an appreciation for fully human portraits of city life, warts and beauty marks alike, that is more commonly associated with artists like Spike Lee and Richard Pryor.
I'm not going to dwell too very much on the lyrics: heartfelt, elephantine, and veering ever so closely to unvarnished cliche ("The air tonight is rarefied/It's all I need, the air I breathe/You're burning all my bridges baby/Set your sights as low as they can go .
Now he and Mr Hoon must honour that trust by telling the full, unvarnished story about what REALLY happened.
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But to spot it in one's self is not only difficult but painful, and no one wants to take the descending path to that naked, unvarnished truth, with all its unacceptable humiliations.
To do this, we must maintain an unvarnished view of the proliferators, and we must disrupt their supply of sensitive goods and technology before it contributes to an increased WMD capability or falls into the hands of terrorists or other rogue states.
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It underscores a statement and purposefully calls attention to an unvarnished "truth.
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Also unvarnished is every detail of the author's unabashed desire to collect as many war trophies as possible.
But because she's allowed herself to be shown in all her unvarnished glory she's earned a bit more of my respect.
The Unvarnished Truth: Personal Narratives in Nineteenth-Century America.