truth bomb

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truth bomb (plural truth bombs)

  1. (informal) A blunt, undiplomatic statement of something that is true that others may not want or expect to hear.
    • 2012, Nancy Lyons, Meghan Wilker, Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process:
      Truth bombs are brutal facts without context. [] You can recognize when you are about to send a truth bomb. Remember, something that seems straightforward to you can be very scary to people who don't have enough info or tech knowledge to provide a context or meaning on their own.
    • 2015, Alyson Mead, Astrology Made Simple:
      They tend to nurture by telling the truth, sometimes more than most people want to hear. The challenge with this placement lies in learning patience and diplomacy. It's easier to swallow a truth bomb if it comes wrapped in a little kindness.
    • 2022, Kaitlin Soulé, A Little Less of a Hot Mess:
      Holding boundaries is the place we often get stuck. So, I'm going to hit you with a truth bomb: boundaries are only seen as selfish to those who benefit from you having poor boundaries.