unvarnished truth


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unvarnished truth

The total, unadulterated truth; frank honesty not diluted or softened in any way by omission or embellishment. Your job is to give me the unvarnished truth about the company's performance each quarter, no matter how bleak it may be. Sarah isn't afraid to speak the unvarnished truth about what she thinks of anyone or anything.
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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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unvarnished truth, the

The straight facts. This expression has antecedents in the writings of Aeschylus (“Simple are the words of truth”), Euripides (“Plain and unvarnished are the words of truth”), and other ancient writers. Shakespeare came close to the modern wording: “In speaking for myself . . . I will a round unvarnish’d tale deliver of my whole course of love” (Othello, 1.3). See also tell it like it is.
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Cllr Campbell told the gathering, which was also attended by members of the public: "It is our responsibility that the whole unvarnished truth is told.
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As Hustwit explains, on such a view, one that "de-claims" religious language, "all religions are equally alienated from the Real." In other words, the doctrines, claims, and practices of religious traditions are at best heuristic devices that attempt, but fail, to express sufficiently the unvarnished truth of divine transcendence.
"The unvarnished truth is our birthright, but we don't hear it often enough in politics.
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However, the unvarnished truth is that the US suffered the terror of September 11 because of its support to Israel.
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The hard unvarnished truth sets a foundation upon which proper decisions can be made to move the business forward.