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The meaning and origin of the expression: Truth will out

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Truth will out

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Truth will out'?

Cobbe family portrait of William ShakespeareThe truth will become known eventually.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Truth will out'?

From Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, 1596:

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 blessing: truth will come
to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man's son
may, but at the length truth will out.

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