tell porkies

tell porkies

To tell a lie or say something that is not entirely true. Primarily heard in UK. The government's clearly been telling porkies about who these tax cuts are going to benefit! I admit I've told porkies on more than one job application.
See also: porky, tell

tell ˈporkies

(British English, informal, humorous) (usually used in progressive tenses) say something that is not true: Can this be true, or is somebody telling porkies?In rhyming slang, porky-pies means ‘lies’.
See also: porky, tell
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COLIN BELL'S transfer into the big time came about because Malcolm Allison used to tell porkies about the skinny kid's ability.
We can't say definitely but Bob always claimed he did draw for us, and why would he tell porkies about something so easily disproved?
Doctors wouldn't tell porkies or exaggerate anything that serious, would they?
But how sad that ageism is so rife in our society that women barely out of their 20s now feel the need to tell porkies about their birthdays.
Two, free prescriptions (long pause followed by) OK, so I'm 248 achievements light but we all tell porkies sometimes.
Apparently a lot of churchwardens and vicars tell porkies about their churches being locked.
I should have put it in a Post Office savings scheme - they don't tell porkies.
Half of drivers polled by an insurance Setanta blamed the recession for forcing them to tell porkies in a bid to save money.
Scientists have found that more blood is pumped into our nasal tissues when we tell porkies, causing them to swell.
ANYONE who's planning to tell porkies about what they really got up to after the office Christmas party, should take note tonight of Ruby's cunning plan for convincing her dad she's at home watching TV when in fact she's out losing her virginity to Juley Smith.
Annie, 53, of Shettleston, Glasgow, was even made to swear on the Countdown dictionary that she would never tell porkies again.
Which is that the silver-haired PR guru will do anything to promote his people - even tell porkies.
Scientists found that more blood is pumped into our nasal tissues when we tell porkies - causing them to expand.
Half of men habitually tell porkies to their partners on their mobiles, said the survey by store chain The Link.