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honest-to-goodness

[on-ist-tuh-goo d-nis] /ˈɒn ɪst təˈgʊd nɪs/
adjective
1.
real or genuine.
adverb
2.
really, truly, or genuinely.
Also, honest-to-God
[on-ist-tuh-god] /ˈɒn ɪst təˈgɒd/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of honest-to-goodness
1915-1920
1915-20
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  • Been a long time since I've tasted a real, honest-to-goodness hamburger.

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
  • Mebbe youre an honest-to-goodness reporter, and mebbe youre not.

  • But it doesn't seem to fit in up here—unless a fellow meant it honest-to-goodness.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
  • At first I thought he was just a remote-control tool, but I finally saw that he was a real, honest-to-goodness robot.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • To Orme it looked as if an honest-to-goodness flight was being made across the Pacific Ocean.

    The Moon Colony William Dixon Bell
  • "You told me down in Mandan that you'd never seen an honest-to-goodness cowboy," he whispered.

  • But I will say that this amphibian of yours steers more like a loaded truck in a mudhole than an honest-to-goodness plane!

  • We'll have an honest-to-goodness musicale with Signora Geraldina Courtlandta as head-liner.

    The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring
  • From his description, we thought his oil well was an honest-to-goodness well, and we sold a lot of stock for him.

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