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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.
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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]
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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?