- To speak frankly about the basic facts of a matter.
- To talk bluntly and directly.
Origin of turkey
- After Turkey from a confusion with the guinea fowl, once believed to have originated in Turkish territory
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Turkey. The guinea fowl (Numida meleagris), native to Africa, was imported to Europe by turkey merchants. The larger northern American bird Meleagris gallopavo, thought to resemble the guinea fowl, was brought to Spain by conquistadors in 1523; from there it was introduced to northern Africa, at the time under Ottoman rule, and then via the Middle East back into Europe.