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honest-to-goodness

[ on-ist-tuh-good-nis ]
/ ˈɒn ɪst təˈgʊd nɪs /
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adjective
real or genuine.
adverb
really, truly, or genuinely.
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Also hon·est-to-God [on-ist-tuh-god]. /ˈɒn ɪst təˈgɒd/.

Origin of honest-to-goodness

First recorded in 1915–20
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