to be (perfectly) honest

This page is about the conversational phrase to be (perfectly) honest

Meaning

You can say this when you're telling someone what you really think, even if it might upset them.

For example

  • "Did you like my movie?"
    "I was bored to tears, to be honest."

  • "Why didn't you ask my sister to write it?"
    "Well, to be perfectly honest, I don't think she's a very good writer."

Note:
Also "to be frank"

Quick Quiz

You can say "To be perfectly honest" if you're saying

a. what someone wants to hear

b. what you're expected to say

c. what you actually think

Contributor: Matt Errey