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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 most important factor in that test is whether the individual is in fact in business for him- or herself, or instead, is economically dependent upon the company.
and the insidious conversion of pine and spruce forests to the less desirable and economically valuable poplar and birch.
As illustrated by this example, the fast-pay preferred stock performs economically much like a 10-year, self-amortizing debt instrument.
This group traditionally is viewed as owner-managers of cottage industries, reimbursed on a fee-for-service basis, driven economically by the authority to order health care, accustomed to clinical autonomy, and affiliated loosely in a non-employee capacity with one or more hospital providers.
The target this time: The SBA's Specialized Small Business Investment Company (SSBIC) program, which is charged with investing in socially or economically disadvantaged and minority-owned businesses.
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3] standard was both technologically and economically feasible.
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