One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
To be frank (used especially when making an admission or when expressing an unwelcome or controversial opinion)‘I think, if truth be told, we were all a little afraid of him’‘to tell you the truth, I've never met the guys’
in fact, in actual fact, in point of fact, as a matter of fact, in reality, really, actually, to tell the truth, if truth be toldView synonyms
- ‘However, if truth be told, I'm still experimenting.’
- ‘It's Friday evening and there is a look of immense satisfaction on his face - although it is probably more relief, if truth be told.’
- ‘They clapped, they beamed, they leapt to their feet to welcome a speech that, truth to tell, was more a statement of intent than a programme for government.’
- ‘Well, truth to tell, there are things about it that aren't funny at all, but I'll stick to my more positive take for now.’
- ‘But I don't actually envy her, because truth to tell, I hate weddings.’
- ‘Will said with a slight smile in his voice, ‘That realisation has been a long time coming, in fact you've been a bit slow on the uptake if truth be told.’’
- ‘When the tests were finished I walked off feeling really happy with myself because, truth to tell, I do feel pretty good these days.’
- ‘This is a novel concept for Scotland, and, truth to tell, we are not very good at it.’
- ‘But, truth to tell, I'm too tired to think about it, or anything else.’
- ‘They all have varying degrees of proficiency - although if truth be told, most would probably be classed as being of fairly mediocre quality.’
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