honest to God

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Compare swear to God. Originally used as a sentence adverb or interjection, modifying entire clauses or utterances; honest itself is used this way, as in “Honest, I had no idea!” (meaning “I'm telling the truth, I had no idea!”).

Adjective[edit]

honest to God (not comparable)

  1. Alternative form of honest-to-God

Adverb[edit]

honest to God (not comparable)

  1. Honest; truly, really; used to emphasize that a statement is true.
    Honest to God, I thought you already knew!
  2. Truly, really.
    She is honest to God brilliant.

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