tell a (little) white lie

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tell a (little) white lie

To tell a seemingly small, insignificant, or harmless lie, often presumably in order not to offend or upset someone. I knew Jenny would be upset if she knew I didn't want go to the movies with her tomorrow, so I just told her a white lie about having to take care of my elderly grandmother. Don't get into the habit of telling little white lies, or, pretty soon, you'll start telling big, fat, ugly ones.
See also: lie, tell, white
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WASHINGTON: Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, told House investigators Tuesday that her work for President Donald Trump, who has a reputation for exaggerations and outright falsehoods, had occasionally required her to tell white lies.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- White House communications director Hope Hicks told members of the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that she is sometimes required to tell white lies as part of her work for President Donald Trump, according to a report.
We all hide things from one another, we all tell white lies, innocent lies, and sometimes those lies can be exaggerated and can have real consequences.
SAGITTARIUS November 23-December 21 Try not to be too hard on younger people who may have had no alternative but to tell white lies in the last few weeks.
PAUL, 37 Art director at a fashion magazine from Dublin DILLON intends to be 'Machiavellian' about tasks and says he will tell white lies if he needs to.
PAUL, 37 Art director at a fashion magazine, from Dublin DILLON intends to be 'Machiavellian' about tasks and says he will tell white lies if he needs to.
10DILLON ST PAUL, 37 Art director at a fashion magazine, from Dublin DILLON intends to be "Machiavellian" about tasks and says he will tell white lies if he needs to.
Money is going out faster than it's coming in and you may have to borrow and tell white lies to get through the week.
Singles tend to tell white lies about whatever they can get away with in order to seem more attractive, he said.
USPRwire, Thu Sep 19 2013] It's usually women who are expected to be sensitive about getting older, but new research from Diamond car insurance specialists has revealed men are more likely than women to tell white lies about their age.
ClickPress, Thu Sep 19 2013] It's usually women who are expected to be sensitive about getting older, but new research from Diamond car insurance specialists has revealed men are more likely than women to tell white lies about their age.
So while we'll all confess that we tell white lies occasionally, admitting to willful, creative deception breaks the illusion that we have of ourselves as honest people, he says.
We all tell white lies to save ourselves embarrassment or to make somebody else feel good about themselves.
pounds AROUND 22 per cent of over-50s would not tell their GP the whole truth about how much alcohol they drunk, while 17 per cent would tell white lies about their diet.
A survey of 1,000 workers showed that men were more likely than women to tell white lies in their CV or application for a new post.