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fib (one's) way out of (something)

To escape trouble or some predicament by telling lies. John fibbed his way out of a speeding ticket by saying he was rushing to his dying grandmother's hospital bed.
See also: fib, of, out, way

ask a stupid question and you'll get a stupid answer

Also, ask a silly question. Your query doesn't deserve a proper answer, as in Am I hungry? ask a stupid question! One authority believes this idiom is a variant of ask me no questions and I'll tell you no fibs, which appeared in Oliver Goldsmith's play She Stoops to Conquer (1773) and was frequently repeated thereafter. [Early 1800s]
See also: and, answer, ask, get, question, stupid


1. n. a small lie. It was just a little fib. I’m sorry.
2. in. to tell a small lie. Did you fib to the teacher?
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Multiple Applied SEMVision G2 FIB systems are already being used by leading memory and logic customers.
FIB and its subsidiary depository institution are each considered to be well managed.
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Accountancy firm, Mazars, and Liverpool commercial law practice O'Connors are supporting the North West launch of FiB and they will act as its exclusive advisers across the region.
Higgs & Sons becomes an FiB approved adviser in the Black Country, providng legal services to family-run and owned businesses which are working with FiB.
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