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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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economical with the truth

Not fully truthful; deceitful, often by manipulating language or omitting certain details 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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economical with the truth

Euph. untruthful. The mayor was known to be economical with the truth. I discovered that my boss had been economical with the truth when she said that the company was making money.
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economical with the truth

COMMON If someone is economical with the truth, they deceive people by not telling them the whole truth about something. In insisting that no changes had been made to the original plan, his team was being economical with the truth. She received a series of answers which were at best economical with the truth, at worst deliberately designed to deceive.
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economical with the truth

used euphemistically to describe a person or statement that lies or deliberately withholds information.
The phrase economy of truth was used in the 18th century by the orator Edmund Burke ( 1729–97 ), while in the 19th century Mark Twain observed ‘Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it’ (Following the Equator, 1897 ). The present phrase became current after its use in the ‘Spycatcher’ trial in the New South Wales Supreme Court: Robert Armstrong , head of the British Civil Service, was reported as saying of a letter: ‘It contains a misleading impression, not a lie. It was being economical with the truth.’
2003 Observer He is ruthless in pursuit of commercial goals, otherwise he would not have been so economical with the truth two months ago when he ruled out any notion of signing Beckham.
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economical with the ˈtruth

a way of saying that somebody has left out some important facts, when you do not want to say that they are lying: After the trial he admitted that he had occasionally been economical with the truth.
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The Parliament of India had passed The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 this year in January which amends Article 15 and 16 of the Indian Constitution to provide 10% reservation in higher education and public employment to the economically weaker section of citizens.
"People are working until later in life, continuing to contribute economically."
However, the statement of the objects and reasons said the economically weaker sections of citizens were not eligible for the benefit of reservation.
Adequate capital is lacking because savings per capita are low, and savings per capita arc low because technological and managerial knowledge is either nil or hopelessly deficient, and because the masses of the people are ignorant, and unhealthy, and hence economically unenthusiastic and undisciplined.
Remain voters are, unsurprisingly, much more likely to think continuing close ties with Europe is a good idea, with 85 per cent saying Britain is better off economically inside Europe and 85 per cent saying we should continue to be part of the Single Market.
Among Leave voters, just 9% think Britain is better off economically in Europe, compared to 85% of Remain voters.
Remain voters are, unsurprisingly, much more likely to think continuing close ties with Europe is a good idea, with 88% saying Britain is better off economically inside Europe and 84% saying we should continue to be part of the Single Market.
Among Leave voters, 8% think Britain is better off economically in Europe, while nearly a quarter of these voters (22%) think we should continue to be part of the Single Market.
The base population of those economically active was reported at 25 million Kenyans.
Foreign workers' contribution to the increase in the economically active population was particularly notable in countries such as Canada, Italy and the U.K.
HUNDREDS of thousands of young women without a job are being "written off" as economically inactive and going without support to find work, despite many of them having good qualifications, says a new report.
IANS Thiruvananthapuram The Kerala government on Wednesday decided to provide job quotas to the economically backward in the forward communities and the process will begin with Devasoms, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced on Wednesday.
One-third or 32 per cent of Latvia's population in the economically active age of 18 to 55 years is not satisfied with life, according to a public opinion poll carried out by TNS social and market research company.
Among the active nationals, nearly 100,000 (99,923) were considered economically active whereas 91,742 were referred to as economically inactive.
I focus my comparison on economically significant rules: those defined in Executive Order 12866 as likely to have "an annual effect on the economy of $ 100 million or more." These rules are important not only because of their economic effect, but also because studies have shown that every additional economically significant rule submitted to OIRA during the midnight period decreases the mean review time of all regulations by almost a full day.
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