stretch the truth


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stretch the truth

 and stretch the point; stretch it
Fig. to exaggerate. When he claimed to have a Ph.D., he was stretching the truth. Sally tends to stretch the point when telling tales about her wild teenage years.
See also: stretch, truth
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A new outlet opens with lots of advertised flavour choice, and visitors rock up and find it is just another thinly disguised single kitchen/single team trying to stretch the truth.
Stretch The Truth can land a knockout blow for the Irish in the Prince of Wales Stand Novices' Handicap Hurdle at Fakenham.
Neil Munroe, external affairs director of credit reference agency Equifax, warned: "It may be tempting to stretch the truth on a mortgage application, but with all the cross-checking that is done by lenders, any anomalies will be found out.
Seems this girl's allowed to stretch the truth a little.
Jobseekers stretch the truth to land new jobs [and] try to avoid discussing inherent weaknesses during the interview process.
Stick to the truth--Hay says that often times he'll counsel professionals and they will want to stretch the truth too much.
Lee O'Connor, 23, from Liverpool, said employees expect people to stretch the truth in an interview.
Then again, it is easy to stretch the truth a trifle in the pursuit of happiness while online.
The remainder of the report is just as startling: Of the 275 respondents who conduct criminal record checks, 48 percent stated they sometimes detect a criminal history; 41 percent out of 279 who check former job responsibilities have found that candidates sometimes stretch the truth about their duties.
The report describes how an agency in Wales appeared to be willing to stretch the truth.
Do not stretch the truth and be realistic about your goals.
A new kind of fish tale, however, doesn't stretch the truth when making a point to the Hmong community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, about the hazards of eating fish contaminated with methylmercury and polychlorinated biphenyls.
It's not just lobbyists who stretch the truth, either, he said, and it was not just during the med-mal issue that candor was sacrificed.
Bill O'Reilly is known to stretch the truth just a little, but I didn't think you would print it unless it is the truth.