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unvarnished truth

The plain facts without embellishment, as in Let's just have the unvarnished truth about the sale. This idiom was first recorded in 1883, although unvarnished had been used to describe a direct statement since Shakespeare's time.
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  • No need for thanks; it is the simple, unvarnished truth; it is nothing to me if you get offended.

    Zoe; Or, Some Day May Leonard
  • He had told the unvarnished truth, but she interpreted it in her own way.

    The Shadow of Victory Myrtle Reed
  • It is difficult in such social upheavals to get at the unvarnished truth.

  • But to say that I scarce listened, is to tell the exact and unvarnished truth.

    Latitude 19 degree Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
  • Incredible it is, but, nevertheless, that is the unvarnished truth of the matter.

    The Indians' Last Fight Dennis Collins
  • He did not spare himself; he only told the bare, unvarnished truth.

    The Man Who Rose Again Joseph Hocking
  • She seemed perfectly sure that what she was telling was the straight, unvarnished truth.

    Georgina's Service Stars Annie Fellows Johnston
  • You have asked me to write the unvarnished truth, to be brutal even, remember.

    Phantom Fortune, A Novel M. E. Braddon
  • It was unvarnished truth, and more's the pity, but truth it was none the less.

    William Lloyd Garrison Archibald H. Grimke

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