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Phonetic transcription of the word "true"?

My friend and I are in a heated argument about the pronunciation and IPA translation of the word "true". All dictionaries seem to say that you can transcribe it this way /truː/...however, I rarely pronounce it this way. My pronunciation (Ohio) is basically /tʃruː/ fact, saying /truː/ isn't that common to me. Ive repeated over and over and observed my tongue placement and am more convinced than ever the dictionary is not accurate to the way most people I know pronounce it. For twenty four hours Ive been repeating "true or false" both ways to hear the difference.

Basically I need someone smarter and more professional than both me and my friend to act as a tiebreaker in this. Can you help?