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[on-ist-tuh-goo d-nis] /ˈɒn ɪst təˈgʊd nɪs/
real or genuine.
really, truly, or genuinely.
Also, honest-to-God
[on-ist-tuh-god] /ˈɒn ɪst təˈgɒd/ (Show IPA)
Origin of honest-to-goodness
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Been a long time since I've tasted a real, honest-to-goodness hamburger.

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
  • Mebbe youre an honest-to-goodness reporter, and mebbe youre not.

  • Why couldnt you let the rest of us get a glimpse of some honest-to-goodness sharpers?

  • Now, honest-to-goodness, Nead, did Mrs. Magoon say shed hold this room until you had decided?

    Center Rush Rowland

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • At first I thought he was just a remote-control tool, but I finally saw that he was a real, honest-to-goodness robot.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • "You told me down in Mandan that you'd never seen an honest-to-goodness cowboy," he whispered.

  • You see, us Schmidts came over from Germany about a hundred years ago, but were honest-to-goodness Americans just the same.

  • But it doesn't seem to fit in up here—unless a fellow meant it honest-to-goodness.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
  • But somewhere in its mysterious and odorous depths that little bourgeois cafe harbored an honest-to-goodness cook.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb

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