little white lie

little white lie

Fig. a small, usually harmless lie; a fib. Every little white lie you tell is still a lie and it is still meant to mislead people.
See also: lie, little, white
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I may have told a little white lie in the build-up when I said this didn't mean too much from 2008.
Using Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous novel The Scarlet Letter as its inspiration, this teen comedy introduces clean-cut high school student Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) who gets more than she bargains for when she deliberately spreads a little white lie about losing her virginity in order to gain popularity among the student body.
Bunbury Cup winner Little White Lie stayed on for fourth with the brave Yaddree claiming fifth, which some bookmakers will pay out on.
Bunbury Cup winner Little White Lie will bid for another valuable handicap prize in the near future, with trainer John Jenkins leaning towards a trip to Glorious Goodwood.
Ger Lyons' gambled-on Little White Lie was the first runner drawn out of the hat by William Hill's David Hood and was allocated stall number six by Kate Hills of Arena Leisure.
I was so smitten by this new model that I had to feed that little white lie to the bank manager.
This little white lie elicits a welcoming, cap-toothed smile from the wife--a complete change of attitude.
So desperately that she makes up a little white lie about her brother that snowballs out of control.
Social pressure and guilt often influence survey participants to tell a little white lie about how much or what types of foods they eat.
HPI, provider of the HPI Check(r), urges consumers to watch out for some private sellers telling more than a little white lie about that potential dream machine.
But while most male shopping companions are comfortable with a little white lie, 70 per cent of women are convinced their partner is giving them an honest opinion.
Little White Lie, pounds 10, a wash-off tint that gives even, realistic colour.
But I think the other 34% of parents surveyed might be telling their own little white lie about telling white lies.
To the consumer, this may seem like a little white lie to save money.
Is it essentially different from a garden variety lie, a mental reservation, a fib, an evasion, a little white lie, hyperbole?