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As honest as the day is long

Posted by ESC on December 14, 2002

In Reply to: As honest as the day is long posted by Kathleen on December 14, 2002

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HONEST AS THE DAY IS LONG - "A consistently reliable person. The implication seems to be that he or she is honest all the time. 24 hours a day. (A similar thought is in the story of a boy who told his grandmother he 'didn't have time' to do something: she replied, 'You had all the time there was.') The phrase seems to be of fairly recent origin: it was used in print by Richard Shattuck in 'The Snark was a Boofum' ." From the The Dictionary of Cliches by James Rogers (Wings Books, Originally New York: Facts on File Publications, 1985).

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