on the level

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - on the level

"on the level"

honest, sincere or straightforward


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - on the level

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Do you think she is being honest? Can she really deliver what she says she can?

Colleague 2:  I have dealt with her a few times in the past and she has always been on the level.

Colleague 1:  She comes through on her promises?

Colleague 2:  She has always been honest and sincere in the past.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - on the level

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I am really having a hard time finding a job. It's really tough out there.

Friend 2:  There is an position that has just opened up at the office where I work. I'll recommend you to the manager.

Friend 1:  Really? On the level?

Friend 2:  Absolutely. I know your work ethic and know you to be a reliable person.

on the level - Usage:


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on the level - Gerund Form:

Being on the level, he told the truth.

on the level - Examples:

1)  However, at this point, consider Dwight to be on the level in his desire to exact payback on his tormentor.

2)  YouTube might be on the level with its explanation, but they've built a service that isn't nearly as functional as it should be.

3)  Yes, they could be on the level but the planets warn this is no time to let down your guard, especially if there are big bucks at stake.

4)  I gotta be on the level here. You gotta dig down deep and stop drinking soda and eating processed foods.

5)  The only thing I can do is be on the level about it. I can't remove myself from that emotional side of my writing.

6)  An on-the-level auto driver returned a wallet and a bag with 10 sovereigns of gold to its owner who had left it in the auto at

7)  The eldest prince is on the level and always tells the truth. The youngest prince is dishonest and always lies.

8)  But, second, the government is being less than on the level about current and future spending levels.

9)  Dating was so on the level and “academic” such that most of them ended in successful marriages.

10)  Being that Gizelle is Queen of not taking ownership of her actions, I honestly didn't find her apology as on the level.

11)  I suppose it's too much to expect that we get an on-the-level debate about the need for more state revenues in the already active gubernatorial race.

12)  I love Valencia and I have to say he was one of my favourite players because he is on the level and always gives his best. 

13)  ... says players must be on the level about their battles with concussion symptoms, praising rugby officials for ...

14)  He adds that the songs were not perfect, but they were on the level. Honesty is important because clearly we can, as humans, detect falsehoods ...

15)  A make-up artist on YouTube has gained praise for being on the level with an admirer about how she enhances her beauty. 

16)  One of the most frustrating things to see is an on-the-level bureaucrat getting punished for his honesty. 

17)  We need board members who are on the level, independent and have respect for the law…

18)  What keeps us on the level? And, if we understand the neural mechanisms behind it, can we make people more honest?

19)  boasts nearly 75,000 followers on Instagram thanks to her candid snaps and on-the-level perspective on fitness. 

20)  Our ultimate goal is to create client relationships for life; therefore, maintaining on the level, open communication with our client is tops on our list.