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I am reading a novel. I faced the expression hand to god and I don't know the meaning.

The paragraph is:

Jack's daddy was a sheriff, his granddaddy was sheriff, and hand to god, his grandma too.

Thanks in advance.

marked as duplicate by Nathan Tuggy, Eddie Kal, ColleenV Sep 4 '18 at 1:55

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This is just a way of swearing to the truth of what one is saying. Variations include:

I swear to God

God be my witness

I swear on the Bible

By all that is Holy

God's truth

Right hand to God

Hand on my heart


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