be economical with the truth

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be economical with the truth

To be deceitful; to lie. I wouldn't trust him—everyone says he's economical with the truth. When I walked into a house full of teenagers, I knew that my kids had been economical with the truth when they said they'd only invite a few friends over.
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be economical with the truth

  (humorous)
to not be completely honest about something He was economical with the truth - he gave her a censored account of what was discussed.
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