truth will out

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Truth will out definition


One way or another, in spite of all efforts to conceal it, the truth will come to be known.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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truth will out

The facts will be known, as in She thought she could get away with it, but truth will out, and I'm sure she'll get caught. Shakespeare used this idiom in The Merchant of Venice (2:2): "But in the end truth will out." Also see murder will out.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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