But as every woman knows, assurances like that are only half true.
PolitiFact says this claim—a major talking point in the Denver debate—is half true.
They say so many things about us, for instance, that are only half true—and yet I don't know exactly how to confute them.
If what you say is only half true, I ought to get back to the yacht as quick as ever I can.
It isn't more than half true; and even the half now totters in places.
The last assertion of the three is often more than half true.
Some said that this statement was only half true, though many others believed it wholly.
This was half true, and like all half-truths, was particularly calculated to deceive.
The aphorism that you can lead a horse to the water but you cannot make him drink, is only half true.
When she speaks the truth it is half false; when she lies it is half true!
Old English triewe (West Saxon), treowe (Mercian) "faithful, trustworthy," from Proto-Germanic *trewwjaz "having or characterized by good faith" (cf. Old Frisian triuwi, Dutch getrouw, Old High German gatriuwu, German treu, Old Norse tryggr, Gothic triggws "faithful, trusty"), perhaps ultimately from PIE *dru- "tree," on the notion of "steadfast as an oak." Cf., from same root, Lithuanian drutas "firm," Welsh drud, Old Irish dron "strong," Welsh derw "true," Old Irish derb "sure."
Sense of "consistent with fact" first recorded c.1200; that of "real, genuine, not counterfeit" is from late 14c.; that of "agreeing with a certain standard" (as true north) is from c.1550. Of artifacts, "accurately fitted or shaped" it is recorded from late 15c.; the verb in this sense is from 1841. True-love (adj.) is recorded from late 15c.; true-born first attested 1590s. True-false as a type of test question is recorded from 1923.