bend the truth

bend the truth

To alter, omit, or tailor certain elements of a story to suit one's own needs, intentions, or desires. He always bends the truth so he never gets in any trouble. Politicians often bend the truth to make themselves look better and their opponents look worse.
See also: bend, truth
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I respect him also because he never tells lies, even though you can bend the truth in football when the result allows you to.
The working paper, by Smith accounting professor Nick Seybert and 2015 Smith PhD graduate Charles Ham - along with Mark Lang and Sean Wang from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School - finds that chief financial officers with large signatures are more willing to exploit others and bend the truth in their favor.
If the story is a serious one involving history, politics or crime, then we owe it to the audience to be as truthful as possible and not to bend the truth for dramatic effect.
There have never been so many opportunities to zoom in on our flaws - so to beat the holiday photo blues we've been checking out the latest ways to cheat because while the camera never lies, it can bend the truth.
Some of my readers will recall my mention of how a Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy told me just after the Gezi incidents that seeing Erdoy-an so easily bend the truth about consuming alcohol and doing illicit things in a mosque, he was worried about such a terrible plan.
The researchers of the study believe the study shows that while we are unwilling to lie at home, we are more likely to bend the truth when at work or in social settings.
Consequently, the political elites bend the truth and sell the "war product" to the public as an existential and survival issue.
Bend the truth a little and you've got a happy household.
Some of these may even bend the truth to ensure you get your loan," notes, Steve Gregory, director of technical services at Holborn Assets.
The fact that 90 people were arrested points to the foolishness of such a simplistic attempt to bend the truth, compounded by Coun Rudge's facile comment that the demonstrators did not behave as badly as thugs at an average football match.
You may think it's fine to bend the truth to make your alibi airtight.
Fat people lie about how much they eat; diet gurus fudge the facts about how much people can actually lose; and food makers spin and bend the truth about their products.
Sometimes I'm quite shocked by my ability to bend the truth.
In his work he is forced to bend the truth to secure sales or face humiliation at the hands of his boss Jack Jones, (Thompson).