honest to god

honest-to-goodness

[on-ist-tuh-good-nis]
adjective
1.
real or genuine.
adverb
2.
really, truly, or genuinely.
Also, honest-to-God [on-ist-tuh-god] .


Origin:
1915–20

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honest to God

Also, honest to goodness or Pete; honest Injun. Truly, really, as in Honest to God, I didn't know it was yours, or Honest to goodness, we had exactly the same experience, or I promise I'll finish in time, honest to Pete, or Honest Injun, I didn't take your wallet. These colloquial assertions date from about 1900, except for honest Injun, dating from the late 1800s and today considered offensive.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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