truth will out

Similar in form to murder will out.

1439 LYDGATE Life of St. Alban (1974) 203 Trouthe wil out... Ryghtwysnesse may nat ben hid.

1596 SHAKESPEARE Merchant of Venice II. ii. 73 Truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son may, but in the end truth will out.

1822 M. EDGEWORTH Letter 17 Jan. (1971) 324 Whether about a novel or a murder the truth will out.

2001 Spectator 17 Nov. 35 It has just been announced that the EU is to hold its own public inquiry into the [foot-and-mouth] epidemic, in Strasbourg next year. At last, perhaps, truth will out.


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  • truth will out —    Truth will out means that, given time, the facts of a case will emerge no matter how people might try to conceal them.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    This expression means that despite efforts to conceal the facts, the truth cannot be …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • truth will out — means that, given time, the facts of a case will emerge no matter how people might try to conceal them …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Truth will out —   Truth will out means that, given time, the facts of a case will emerge no matter how people might try to conceal them …   Dictionary of English idioms

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  • Truth will out. — slightly formal something that you say which means the truth will always be discovered. They re bound to find out what you ve done. Truth will out, you know …   New idioms dictionary

  • truth will out — Meaning Origin From Shakespeare s Merchant of Venice. LAUNCELOT: Nay, indeed, if you had your eyes, you might fail of the knowing me: it is a wise father that knows his own child. Well, old man, I will tell you news of your son: give me your… …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • (the) truth will out — old fashioned phrase used for saying that people will find out the truth about something, even if you try to keep it a secret Thesaurus: ways of telling or not telling secretssynonym Main entry: truth * * * (the …   Useful english dictionary

  • murder will out — Similar in form to truth will out. c 1325 Cursor Mundi (EETS) 1. 1084 For thi [therefore] men sais into this tyde [time], Is no man that murthir may hide. c 1390 CHAUCER Nun’s Priest’s Tale 1. 4242 Mordre wol out that se we day by day. 1596… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • murder will out — 1. Murder cannot remain hidden 2. The truth will come to light • • • Main Entry: ↑murder murder will out see under ↑murder • • • Main Entry: ↑out * * * murder cannot remain undetected …   Useful english dictionary

  • murder will out —  The truth will eventually become known …   A concise dictionary of English slang

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