a\ matter\ of\ fact
• (a) matter of fact
• as a matter of fact
n. phr.
Something that is really true; something that can be proved.

The town records showed that it was a matter of fact that the two boys were brothers.

It is a matter of fact that the American war against England was successful.

- Often used for emphasis in the phrase "as a matter of fact".

I didn't go yesterday, and as a matter of fact, f didn't go all week.

Mary wasn't wearing a blue dress. As a matter of fact, she hasn't got a blue dress.

Compare: for that matter, in fact Contrast: matter of opinion
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something known or proved, or believed by the speaker, to be true or correct (matter-of-fact).

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  • as a matter of fact — {adv. phr.} Actually; really; in addition to what has been said; in reference to what was said. Often used as an interjection. * /It s not true that I cannot swim; as a matter of fact, I used to work as a lifeguard in Hawaii./ * /Do you think… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • as a matter of fact — phrasal in fact ; actually …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Matter of Fact — A Matter of Fact, in the Humean sense, is the type of knowledge that can be characterized as arising out of one s interaction with and experience in the external world (as compared to a Relation of Ideas). In a Kantian framework, it is equivalent …   Wikipedia

  • matter of fact — {n. phr.} Something that is really true; something that can be proved. * /The town records showed that it was a matter of fact that the two boys were brothers./ * /It is a matter of fact that the American war against England was successful./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • matter of fact — {n. phr.} Something that is really true; something that can be proved. * /The town records showed that it was a matter of fact that the two boys were brothers./ * /It is a matter of fact that the American war against England was successful./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • matter-of-fact — {adj.} 1. Simply telling or showing the truth; not explaining or telling more. * /The newspaper gave a matter of fact account of the murder trial./ 2. Showing little feeling or excitement or trouble; seeming not to care much. * /When Mary s… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • matter-of-fact — {adj.} 1. Simply telling or showing the truth; not explaining or telling more. * /The newspaper gave a matter of fact account of the murder trial./ 2. Showing little feeling or excitement or trouble; seeming not to care much. * /When Mary s… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Matter of fact — Matter Mat ter, n. [OE. matere, F. mati[ e]re, fr. L. materia; perh. akin to L. mater mother. Cf. {Mother}, {Madeira}, {Material}.] 1. That of which anything is composed; constituent substance; material; the material or substantial part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Matter-of-fact — Mat ter of fact , a. Adhering to facts; not turning aside from absolute realities; not fanciful or imaginative; commonplace; dry. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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