Definition of to be honest in English:

to be honest


  • Speaking frankly.

    ‘to be honest, I expected to play worse’
    • ‘I get involved in spite of myself and, to be honest, I wouldn't have it any other way.’
    • ‘I'd never been in one before, and to be honest, I didn't have a clue what you were meant to do.’
    • ‘It could've been a lot better, to be honest, but it was easily the most interesting thing on the box.’
    • ‘‘To be honest I had forgotten all about it,’ said Mr Pedley.’
    • ‘We all had big plans but, to be honest, how many people know what they want to be when they are 15?’
    • ‘‘To be honest it was all just about money,’ he said.’
    • ‘To be honest, it was hard for me to understand why people wanted me to hold the exhibition.’
    • ‘It's about an hour after the game and I'm still in a state of shock, to be honest.’
    • ‘Now I notice that every other car in the car park is silver and, to be honest, I hate the colour.’
    • ‘To say I broke my foot playing football is, to be honest, stretching the truth somewhat.’
    • ‘It was always good fun and, to be honest, felt more like a party game than anything difficult.’
    • ‘I never really thought it would happen and, to be honest, I still don't think it will.’
    • ‘I was not on my best form and, to be honest, all that really interested me was the prospect of food.’
    • ‘I could do with saving the money that I would have spent on the train fare, to be honest.’
    truthfully, really, truly, actually, to be honest, to tell you the truth, to be frank, speaking truthfully, speaking frankly, in all honesty, in all sincerity, in plain language, in plain english
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