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Honesty is the Best Policy

Today’s English idiom is an old proverb: honesty is the best policy. It means that it is always best to tell the truth. For example:

Student: I did my homework, but my dog ate it.
Teacher: Tell me the truth, Robert. Honesty is the best policy.


Jane: How do I look in my new dress, Fred? Tell me the truth.
Fred: You look beautiful, dear.
honesty is not the best policy)

Here is a humorous Canadian television commercial from expedia.ca that uses the English proverb
honesty is the best policy:

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