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white lie

An untruth told to spare feelings or from politeness, as in She asked if I liked her dress, and of course I told a white lie. This term uses white in the sense of "harmless." [First half of 1700s]
See also: lie, white
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Suzie says: "It's easy to smile at some of the fibs and white lies - the ice cream van one, or the one about making your hair curl or eyes improve by eating Suzie says: "It's easy to smile at some of the fibs and white lies - the ice cream van one, or the one about making your hair curl or eyes improve by eating carrots.
Research released today shows that parents in the UK should not feel guilty for telling their children white lies - they are good for their development, by protecting their innocence and stimulating their imagination.
BBWE plans a groundbreaking marketing campaign to support the launch of White Lie Early Season (TM) Chardonnay.
The essence of the "great white lie," after all, is the industry's denial that the odds even exist.
In terms of legal risk to a business or individuals, a white lie can potentially have serious implications if it's told in the right context," said Lesley Maclou a partner at Harmers Workplace Lawyers.
Little White Lie also also entered and is now 14-1 (from 25).
Winners will also see their story posted on the White Lie Wines website and distributed online.
Little White Lie has yet to run a bad race since joining the John Jenkins yard earlier this year and he can add to his tally in the TurfTV.
Unshakable was another bidding for back-to-back wins, but his thunder was stolen in the extended 1m handicap by Little White Lie under a positive ride from Darryll Holland.
to launch the first wine designed by women for women called White Lie Early Season(TM) Chardonnay.
Ger Lyons also runs two here, Little White Lie and Howya Now Kid, but both need to improve on their ratings to trouble some of the principals.
It seems in order to chase some kind of puerile equality the PC brigade are prepared to tell the odd white lie.
Called White Lie Early Season(TM) Chardonnay, the new wine is naturally lower in alcohol and, as a result, also lower in calories than most California Chardonnays.
Is it essentially different from a garden variety lie, a mental reservation, a fib, an evasion, a little white lie, hyperbole?
Martin Freeman essays another beleaguered loser in love, who tells one little white lie that rapidly snowballs into an avalanche of misunderstandings.