naked truth

Plain unadorned facts, without concealment or embellishment. For example, What I've told you is the naked truth. This expression supposedly alludes to a fable in which Truth and Falsehood went bathing, Falsehood then dressed in Truth's clothes, and Truth, refusing to take another's clothes, went naked. [Late 1500s]


Nearby words

  1. naked eye,
  2. naked lady,
  3. naked lunch, the,
  4. naked mole rat,
  5. naked singularity,
  6. naked virus,
  7. nakedly,
  8. naker,
  9. nakfa,
  10. nakhichevan

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