Definition of honesty is the best policy in English:

honesty is the best policy

phrase

proverb
  • There are often practical as well as moral reasons for being honest.

    • ‘Similarly, honesty is the best policy, but not if telling the truth inflicts unhappiness on others.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that honesty is the best policy.’
    • ‘It promotes lying, legalises lying, and dissuades people from the simple policy that most educated people are brought up to accept - that is, that honesty is the best policy.’
    • ‘He needs to learn that honesty is the best policy.’
    • ‘I've thought about it, because I tend to believe that honesty is the best policy.’
    • ‘Right now, as always, honesty is the best policy.’
    • ‘When filling out insurance forms, honesty is the best policy.’
    • ‘But we'd decided early on that in all matters, honesty is the best policy.’
    • ‘The trio agree honesty is the best policy and agree to leave the money where they found it, but an atmosphere of deceit and betrayal soon descends on the household.’
    • ‘A reward scheme with a difference is being launched in North Yorkshire to show young people why honesty is the best policy.’