In this post we have provided you some of the most common idioms , proverbs and expressions about “Honesty & Dishonesty”. We tried to put an example for each idiom or proverb to help you understand & use them in your daily life conversation.
Proverbs & idioms :
Honesty is the best policy.
No legacy is so rich as honesty (William Shakespear)
There is no honor among thieves : one dishonest person can’t trust others.
Heart to heart : an honest and open conversation.
Collocations & Idioms:
- Above board : If a situation or business is described as above board, it is open, honest and legal.
Example: There are no secret negotiations. Our dealings have always been above Board.
- Barefaced liar : Someone who lies easily, with a total lack of shame, is called a barefaced liar.
Example: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 entirely true.
Example: Ok, I bent the truth a bit; I told her it was my natural color, but I didn’t say that my hairdresser helped me to keep it natural!
- The benefit of the doubt : If you give somebody the benefit of the doubt, you choose to believe that person is innocent, honest or telling the truth, because there is no evidence to the contrary.
Example: 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.
- Break every rule in the book : If you behave in a completely unacceptable way, you break every rule in the book.
Example: Our competitors obtained the contract by breaking every rule in the book.
- Put / lay your cords on the table : If you put / lay your cords on the table, you speak honestly and openly about your feelings and intentions.
Example: Let’s clear the air and put / lay your cords on the table.
- Catch someone red-handed : If a person is caught red-handed they are caught while they are doing something wrong or illegal.
- Cook the books : A person who cooks the books is one who changes the facts or figures in their financial accounts, often in order to steel money.
Example: The actor discovered after a while that his agent was cooking the books.
- Crooked as a dog’s hind leg : To say that someone is as crooked as a dog’s hind leg means that they are very dishonest indeed.
Example: He can’t be trusted; he’s as crooked as a dog’s hind leg.
- Cross the line : To cross the line means to go beyond the authorized limits by doing something unacceptable.
- Daylight robbery : The term ‘daylight robbery’ is used when the price of something is thought to be much to high.
Example: $10 for orange juice? That’s daylight robbery.
- Economical with the truth : To say that a person is economical with the truth means that, without actually lying, they omit important facts or give incomplete information.
Example: The politician was accused of being economical with the truth.
- Face value : If you take something at its face value, you assume that it is genuinely what it appears to be.
Example: The car seems to be in good condition, but don’t take it at its face value; get a mechanic to check it out.
- Fall off the back of a lorry : If you buy goods that have fallen off the back of a lorry, they are stolen goods.
Example: Judging by the price of that camera, it must have fallen off the back of a lorry!
- False pretences : If you obtain something under false pretence, you deceive others by lying about your identity, qualifications, financial or social position, in order to obtain what you want…
Example:She obtained the interview under false pretences.
- Feather one’s nest : To say of someone that they are feather their nest means that they are taking advantage of their position in order to obtain money so as to have a comfortable life.
- Five-finger discount : If somebody gets a five-finger discount, they take something without paying. In other words they steal.
Example: -How could he offered that watch?
-Who knows – perhaps with a five-finger discount!
- Grease somebody’s palm : If you accuse of greasing somebody’s palm, you are accusing them of giving money to someone in order to gain an unfair advantage or to obtain something they want.
Example: In some countries, it is common practice to grease government officials’ palms.
- Hand in glove : Tow or more people who are in collusion, or work in close association, are said to be hand in glove.
Example: After the match, it was discovered that he was hand in glove with the referee.
- On the level : If you say that somebody is on the level, you are referring to a truthful and honest person.