English version

to tell (you) the truth

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishto tell (you) the truthto tell (you) the truthHONESTused to emphasize that you are being very honest I don’t really want to go out, to tell the truth. tell
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to tell (you) the truthI'm not sure how he did it, to tell you the truth.You want us to tell the truth?A bit like Mrs Riley, to tell the truth.Did people not trust me to tell the truth?He bathed a lot and never smelled even alive, to tell the truth.I don't know a great deal about flowers, to tell the truth.They must learn how to tell the truth and listen.But to tell the truth, for a long time I've been slightly lost as a dealer.To tell you the truth, I can't stand Sandy's cooking.We had a pretty good time I suppose, but to tell the truth I didn't feel like a party much.
to tell (you) the truthto tell (you) the truthspokenTRUE used when giving your personal opinion or admitting something To tell the truth, I was frightened to death. truth
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to tell (you) the truthHe bathed a lot and never smelled even alive, to tell the truth.We had a pretty good time I suppose, but to tell the truth I didn't feel like a party much.But to tell the truth, for a long time I've been slightly lost as a dealer.I don't know a great deal about flowers, to tell the truth.They must learn how to tell the truth and listen.Did people not trust me to tell the truth?A bit like Mrs Riley, to tell the truth.You want us to tell the truth?
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