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honest-to-goodness

[on-ist-tuh-goo d-nis] /ˈɒn ɪst təˈgʊd nɪs/
adjective
1.
real or genuine.
adverb
2.
really, truly, or genuinely.
Also, honest-to-God
[on-ist-tuh-god] /ˈɒn ɪst təˈgɒd/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of honest-to-goodness
1915-1920
First recorded in 1915-20
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Examples from the Web for honest-to-god
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  • She's meant to be an honest-to-god woman—the kind that keeps men clean—she's meant for the big-time stuff.

    The Garden of Eden

    Max Brand
  • It was almost as good as though I'd gone back to the days of honest-to-god hold-ups an' rustlin's.

    The Trail of Conflict

    Emilie Baker Loring
  • Candron wished he were an honest-to-god telepath, so he could be absolutely sure.

    What The Left Hand Was Doing Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I want you to tell me the truth—the honest-to-god, cross-your-heart truth, Lem—about that money.

    In Pawn Ellis Parker Butler
  • Nothing but an honest-to-god, genuine, Joshua-stopping-the-sun type of miracle could have saved the opposition.

    Hail to the Chief Gordon Randall Garrett
Slang definitions & phrases for honest-to-god

honest-to-God

adjective

Genuine; real; no shit: What is certain is the damage of an honest-to-God fight to the finish involving the debt ceiling (1916+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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