1 adj If you describe someone as honest, you mean that they always tell the truth, and do not try to deceive people or break the law.
I know she's honest and reliable.
honestly adv ADV after v
She fought honestly for a just cause and for freedom.
2 adj If you are honest in a particular situation, you tell the complete truth or give your sincere opinion, even if this is not very pleasant.
I was honest about what I was doing..., He had been honest with her and she had tricked him!...
honestly adv ADV with v
It came as a shock to hear an old friend speak so honestly about Ted.
3 adv You say `honest' before or after a statement to emphasize that you are telling the truth and that you want people to believe you.
INFORMAL ADV with cl (emphasis)
I'm not sure, honest.
4 Some people say `honest to God' to emphasize their feelings or to emphasize that something is really true.
honest to God phrase PHR with cl, PHR n (emphasis)
I wish we weren't doing this, Lillian, honest to God, I really do...
5 You can say `to be honest' before or after a statement to indicate that you are telling the truth about your own opinions or feelings, especially if you think these will disappoint the person you are talking to.
to be honest phrase PHR with cl (feelings)
To be honest the house is not quite our style...
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