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warts and all

noun phrase

The accurate totality of someone or something, including the imperfections: Audiences hearing the local orchestra week after week hear it with warts and all/ Your friends see Doherty, warts and all/ Lyndon Johnson, warts and all

[1763+; fr the putative remark of Oliver Cromwell to his portraitist Peter Lely: ''Remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me'']

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warts and all

Including all blemishes, faults, and shortcomings, as in Rather unwisely, they decided to buy the house, warts and all. This expression supposedly alludes to Oliver Cromwell's instruction to portrait painter Sir Peter Lely to “remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it.” [ First half of 1600s ]
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