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fib (one's) way out of (something)

To escape trouble or some predicament by telling lies. John fibbed his way out of a speeding ticket by saying he was rushing to his dying grandmother's hospital bed.
See also: fib, of, out, way

ask a stupid question and you'll get a stupid answer

Also, ask a silly question. Your query doesn't deserve a proper answer, as in Am I hungry? ask a stupid question! One authority believes this idiom is a variant of ask me no questions and I'll tell you no fibs, which appeared in Oliver Goldsmith's play She Stoops to Conquer (1773) and was frequently repeated thereafter. [Early 1800s]
See also: and, answer, ask, get, question, stupid


1. n. a small lie. It was just a little fib. I’m sorry.
2. in. to tell a small lie. Did you fib to the teacher?
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Water entering the ocean from coastal wetlands is most likely to cause poor ocean water quality after large rain events, when runoff flowing into the wetland has high volume and FIB concentrations, or when water has been stored for long periods in the wetland without tidal flushing (Reeves et al.
FIB and its subsidiary depository institution are each considered to be well managed.
Because the FIB doesn't compare names and numbers with the Social Security database.
A Nigerian food composition database provided the frame from which the food groups were derived for the Nigerian FIB [10].
Researchers say there is no link between telling fibs in childhood and any tendency to cheat in exams or to become a fraudster later in life.
Moreover, the new method detected FIB at limits below what the U.
The nation's top fibs were about: fat, clothes, age, price of shoes, reasons for being late, drink, feigning illness, sexual performance, love and cash.
When the electrical part of the heart goes out of whack it causes the ventricles to just quiver (like shaking a bowl of Jell-O) going into a v fib rhythm that does not allow them to squeeze the blood though the body and the person can experience sudden cardiac death.
Though best known For its bearings, SKF avionics and aerospace arm in Italy provided the by-wire expertise necessary to make the Fib a reality.
El venezolano Felix Machado, con un boxeo depurado y muy preciso, vencio al nicaraguense Julio "Yambito" Gamboa en 12 asaltos por votacion unanime y se apodero del titulo vacante junior gallo de la FIB.
The FIB issued an Order of Summary Suspension, a Cease and Desist Order and a Notice of Opportunity for Administrative Hearing in the matter.
Consider the following CLP (R) program defining the relation fib where fib (N, F) holds if and only if F is the Nth Fibonacci number.
El 30 de septiembre, tres dias antes de que se iniciara el evento, la FIB envio un fax mediante el cual desautorizaba el torneo, sin esgrimir mas razones que la frase "de acuerdo con el reglamento".
The use of a Xenon plasma source for the focused ion beam allows the FERA3 to satisfy high resolution FIB requirements (imaging, fine milling/polishing), as well as achieving high ion currents needed for ultra-fast material removal rates.
THE Flintshire in Business Team (FiB) made a follow-up visit to the FiB annual awards winner TD Innovation at its modern premises in Oakenholt.