bend the truth

bend the truth

To alter, omit, or tailor certain elements of a story to suit one's own needs, intentions, or desires. He always bends the truth so he never gets in any trouble. Politicians often bend the truth to make themselves look better and their opponents look worse.
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bend the ˈtruth

say something that is not completely true: In the end he admitted bending the truth. He had written part of the report, but he hadn’t finished it.
See also: bend, truth
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Now I know to some extent we all at the least bend the truth and, at the worst, tell outright lies.
We will not bend the truth to make a sale & love to help our every esteemed customers to find a house that can become a happy home.
I respect him also because he never tells lies, even though you can bend the truth in football when the result allows you to.
In a world ready to bend the truth (2 Timothy 4:3-4), the message is clear: The wider our realm of influence, the greater our responsibility to live out and speak the truth.
If the story is a serious one involving history, politics or crime, then we owe it to the audience to be as truthful as possible and not to bend the truth for dramatic effect.
There have never been so many opportunities to zoom in on our flaws - so to beat the holiday photo blues we've been checking out the latest ways to cheat because while the camera never lies, it can bend the truth.
Some of my readers will recall my mention of how a Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy told me just after the Gezi incidents that seeing Erdoy-an so easily bend the truth about consuming alcohol and doing illicit things in a mosque, he was worried about such a terrible plan.
This is to bend the truth in an attempt to hoodwink the public into its acquiescence of the industry's, often ill-conceived, schemes to maximise their profits at the expense of electricity consumers.
The researchers of the study believe the study shows that while we are unwilling to lie at home, we are more likely to bend the truth when at work or in social settings.
Consequently, the political elites bend the truth and sell the "war product" to the public as an existential and survival issue.
Bend the truth a little and you've got a happy household.
Some of these may even bend the truth to ensure you get your loan," notes, Steve Gregory, director of technical services at Holborn Assets.
The fact that 90 people were arrested points to the foolishness of such a simplistic attempt to bend the truth, compounded by Coun Rudge's facile comment that the demonstrators did not behave as badly as thugs at an average football match.
You may think it's fine to bend the truth to make your alibi airtight.