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home truth

noun
1.
an indisputable fact or basic truth, especially one whose accuracy may cause discomfort or embarrassment.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15
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British Dictionary definitions for home truth

home truth

noun
1.
(often pl) an unpleasant fact told to a person about himself
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Idioms and Phrases with home truth

home truth

A key or basic truth, especially one that is discomforting to acknowledge. For example, It's time you told a few home truths here, such as where your campaign finances actually came from. This expression uses home in the sense of “the very heart of a matter.” [ c. 1700 ]
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