economical with the truth


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economical with the truth

Not fully truthful; deceitful, often by manipulating language or omitting certain details I wouldn't trust him—everyone says he's economical with the truth. When I walked into a house full of teenagers, I knew that my kids had been economical with the truth when they said they'd only invite a few friends over.
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economical with the truth

Euph. untruthful. The mayor was known to be economical with the truth. I discovered that my boss had been economical with the truth when she said that the company was making money.
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economical with the truth

COMMON If someone is economical with the truth, they deceive people by not telling them the whole truth about something. In insisting that no changes had been made to the original plan, his team was being economical with the truth. She received a series of answers which were at best economical with the truth, at worst deliberately designed to deceive.
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economical with the truth

used euphemistically to describe a person or statement that lies or deliberately withholds information.
The phrase economy of truth was used in the 18th century by the orator Edmund Burke ( 1729–97 ), while in the 19th century Mark Twain observed ‘Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it’ (Following the Equator, 1897 ). The present phrase became current after its use in the ‘Spycatcher’ trial in the New South Wales Supreme Court: Robert Armstrong , head of the British Civil Service, was reported as saying of a letter: ‘It contains a misleading impression, not a lie. It was being economical with the truth.’
2003 Observer He is ruthless in pursuit of commercial goals, otherwise he would not have been so economical with the truth two months ago when he ruled out any notion of signing Beckham.
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economical with the ˈtruth

a way of saying that somebody has left out some important facts, when you do not want to say that they are lying: After the trial he admitted that he had occasionally been economical with the truth.
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But interviews with over 10 diplomats and intelligence and naval officials from three countries make it clear that the governments of both India and Pakistan have been economical with the truth," the article read.
I can see that some trainers have great owners who pay their bills - some by return - and they wouldn't want to upset them, but plenty would be being economical with the truth if they said everything was financially fine.
The same old lies, slurs and exaggerations will be trotted out, politicians will be economical with the truth and every promise will come with an unspoken caveat.
The SNP are being economical with the truth about the economy.
Sometimes it is better to be economical with the truth, and being overly modest isn't a virtue, it's just foolish.
Anyway, we now know officially that our secret service, Civil Service, Ministry of Defence, Prime Minister, politicians and Attorney General were all pretty much useless, economical with the truth and unaccountable.
The right honourable Jeremy Corbyn is being economical with the truth if he says or intimates he was not aware of the centuries-old protocol.
For example, I have recently seen a leaflet from someone who wants to be elected to the Assembly in next year's elections which contains a statement which in my view is very economical with the truth.
w Hmm if he's as good with figures as he claims he must know he's being economical with the truth when he blames Labour for the recession.
FORMER Northern Ireland secretary Peter Hain may have been economical with the truth over "comfort letters" issued to so-called on-the-runs, the deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party claimed yesterday.
Simple, he's got it wrong and is once again being economical with the truth.
As a magician of note, I know how to baffle an audience but in this case methinks the lady has been economical with the truth - another ministerial trait.
Meanwhile, after I revealed that I didn't believe a word of it, Big Fat Gypsy Weddings ended with the hopelessly unsatisfying conclusion that our secretive travelling friends are habitually economical with the truth.
The departing Fat Controller and his cronies may have been economical with the truth about the economic black hole they left behind.
From the remarks made by Mishra and Sinha it would seem that Advani was being economical with the truth on his involvement in the Kandahar episode.
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