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View synonyms for honest-to-goodness

honest-to-goodness

[ on-ist-tuh-good-nis ]

adjective

  1. real or genuine.


adverb

  1. really, truly, or genuinely.
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Word History and Origins

Origin of honest-to-goodness1

First recorded in 1915–20
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Example Sentences

Instead, I am relieved to find myself in an honest-to-goodness rural watering hole.

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

"You told me down in Mandan that you'd never seen an honest-to-goodness cowboy," he whispered.

Mebbe youre an honest-to-goodness reporter, and mebbe youre not.

From his description, we thought his oil well was an honest-to-goodness well, and we sold a lot of stock for him.

A real, honest-to-goodness, glorious he-man action magazine of Science Fiction!

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