little white lie

(little) white lie

A lie thought to be insignificant and justified, especially one told to avoid hurting someone's feelings or giving offense. I try to be honest most of the time, but I do tell white lies when I'm worried about upsetting people. A: "Do you actually like her new haircut?" B: "Of course not, but I couldn't tell her that, so I told a little white lie instead."
See also: lie, white

little white lie

Fig. a small, usually harmless lie; a fib. Every little white lie you tell is still a lie and it is still meant to mislead people.
See also: lie, little, white
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Jeffrey asked if it was all right to tell a little white lie, and his mom assured him that it was, if it was fun and made people happy.
He then rang his wife but admitted he told her a little white lie.
Vermond isn't suggesting that cheating, forgery, fabrication or plagiarism aren't morally wrong, but asks her readers to consider when it might be okay to stretch the truth or tell a little white lie.
A little white lie about a birthday party tips Marina over the edge and Laura reluctantly clicks the Unfriend button on Facebook.
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But while most male shopping companions are comfortable with a little white lie, 70 per cent of women are convinced their partner is giving them an honest opinion.
Using Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous novel The Scarlet Letter as its inspiration, this teen comedy introduces clean-cut high school student Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) who gets more than she bargains for when she deliberately spreads a little white lie about losing her virginity in order to gain popularity among the student body.
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I was so smitten by this new model that I had to feed that little white lie to the bank manager.
This little white lie elicits a welcoming, cap-toothed smile from the wife--a complete change of attitude.
So desperately that she makes up a little white lie about her brother that snowballs out of control.
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When I was young, North Sea gas was discovered Stocks were high, we were told, we'd be fully covered Every gas appliance, in the entire land Was adapted for North Sea gas, flames were fanned Today bills are going up, for investment in infrastructure So we can import gas, from countries like Russia You, in fact, may detect, a little white lie That's been in the pipeline, for years, by the by Next on the agenda, North Sea oil, will disappear It was regulated, to run like water over a weir Yes I remember, all the broken promises I recall too, all the Econo-misses The moral of this story, is don't believe all you hear Keep working away at it, if you have a career Jock Brownlee Wood End Coventry
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