a white lie

a white lie

a lie that you tell in order not to upset someone I don't see the harm in telling the occasional white lie if it spares someone's feelings.
See also: lie, white
References in classic literature ?
She thought she had a good deal of the coquette in her, and I 've no doubt that with time and training she would have become a very dangerous little person, but now she was far too transparent and straightforward by nature even to tell a white lie cleverly.