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Idiomatic Expressions about Honesty & Dishonesty (Part 1)

22/11/16 Idiomatic Expressions about Honesty & Dishonesty (Part 1)

Idiomatic Expressions about Honesty & Dishonesty part 1

There are lots of useful expressions you may use in English in connection with honesty and dishonesty. In the following e-Lessons, we’ll analyze many of them!

above board If a situation or business is described as above board, it is open, honest and legal.
There are not secret negotiations.  Our dealings have always been above board.
barefaced liar Someone who lies easily, with a total lack of shame, is a barefaced liar.
That barefaced liar stole my watch and said he’d found it!
bend the truth If you bend the truth, you say something that is not entirely true.
Ok, I bent the truth a bit.  I told him it was my natural colour, but I didn’t say that my hairdresser helped me to keep it natural!
benefit of the doubt If you give someone the benefit of the doubt, you choose to believe that the person is innocent, honest or telling the truth, because there is no evidence to the contrary.
Although he found it hard to believe Tom’s explanation, the teacher decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.
black market The black market refers to the illegal buying and selling of goods or currencies.
Be careful of what you buy on the black market – it’s not always good quality.
break every rule If you behave in a completely unacceptable way, you break every rule in the book.
Our competitors obtained the contract by breaking every rule in the book.
buy a lemon If buy something, especially a car, that is defective, unsatisfactory, constantly gives trouble or stops running after a short time, you
buy a lemon.
The car I bought was a real lemon.  It broke down two weeks later.
cards on
the table
If you put your cards on the table, you speak honestly and openly about your feelings and intentions.
Let’s clean the air and put our cards on the table.
If a person is caught red-handed, they are caught while they are doing something wrong or illegal.
The police arrived as the burglar was leaving the house.  He was caught red-handed.
cook the books A person who cooks the books is one who changes the facts or figures in the financial accounts, often in order to steal money.
The actor discovered after a while that his agent was cooking the books.
daylight robbery The term daylight robbery is used when the price of something is thought to be much too high.
$10 for an orange juice? That’s daylight robbery!
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