honest-to-goodness

honest-to-goodness
adjective
(used informally especially for emphasis)
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a real honest-to-god live cowboy

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had us a high old time

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went upriver to look at a sure-enough fish wheel

Syn: ↑honest-to-god, ↑old, ↑sure-enough
Similar to: ↑genuine, ↑echt

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adj, always used before a noun
chiefly US informal :real

He is an honest-to-goodness legend.

an honest-to-goodness movie star

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ˌhonest-to-ˈgoodness [honest-to-goodness] adjective only before noun (approving)
simple and good

honest-to-goodness country food


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  • honest\ to\ goodness — • honest to goodness • honest to God adj. phr. informal Really; truly; honestly. Used to emphasize something said. When we were in Washington, we saw the President, honest to goodness. Honest to goodness, Jane, I think you are the messiest girl… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • honest-to-goodness — • honest to goodness • honest to God adj. phr. informal Real; genuine. Used for emphasis. She served him honest to goodness deep dish apple pie. It was the first honest to goodness baseball game he d seen since going abroad …   Словарь американских идиом

  • honest-to-goodness — adj [only before noun] simple and good ▪ plain honest to goodness home cooking …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • honest-to-goodness — ☆ honest to goodness [än′ist tə good′nis ] adj. Informal genuine; real; authentic: also honest to God …   English World dictionary

  • honest-to-goodness — adjective simple and real …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • honest-to-goodness — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ genuine and straightforward …   English terms dictionary

  • honest to goodness — or[honest to God] {adj. phr.}, {informal} Really; truly; honestly. Used to emphasize something said. * /When we were in Washington, we saw the President, honest to goodness./ * / Honest to goodness, Jane, I think you are the messiest girl in the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • honest to goodness — or[honest to God] {adj. phr.}, {informal} Really; truly; honestly. Used to emphasize something said. * /When we were in Washington, we saw the President, honest to goodness./ * / Honest to goodness, Jane, I think you are the messiest girl in the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • honest-to-goodness — an honest to goodness thing or person is plain, simple, and exactly what they appear to be. I d much rather have an honest to goodness steak than any of the fancy stuff he cooks. (always before noun) …   New idioms dictionary

  • honest-to-goodness — adjective Real; genuine. Is the clam chowder made with honest to goodness clams? …   Wiktionary

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