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tell porkies

To tell a lie or say something that is not entirely true. Primarily heard in UK. The government's clearly been telling porkies about who these tax cuts are going to benefit! I admit I've told porkies on more than one job application.
See also: porky, tell

tell ˈporkies

(British English, informal, humorous) (usually used in progressive tenses) say something that is not true: Can this be true, or is somebody telling porkies?In rhyming slang, porky-pies means ‘lies’.
See also: porky, tell


mod. fat; obese; pig-like. You are beginning to look a little porky.
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These work-related porkies are particularly enjoyable, especially the ones we weave after the boss has given us (using Army terminology) "an interview without coffee".
It's often nighttime when porkies wander around looking for food.
They are friendly, porkies who love nothing more than grazing and sleeping.
Here are the porkies which nailed Hutchins as he tried to flog the overpriced alarms.
So, I hope the Parkhead punters who've been telling porkies realise they'll now be going to the big bad fire.
And one of his most notorious porkies was one where he claimed the IRA had travelled to Cambodia to train for a return to war.
LAST week I revealed VIP publisher Michael O'Doherty had been telling porkies, denying my exclusive he was pursuing Andrea Roche for an interview about her marriage break-up.
And as other MPs have found out, telling porkies to the polis can seriously damage your majority.
Half of drivers polled by an insurance Setanta blamed the recession for forcing them to tell porkies in a bid to save money.
I should have put it in a Post Office savings scheme - they don't tell porkies.
IF you couldn't see it with your own eyes you might think that someone was telling you porkies.
But defending his report yesterday, Turner said: "If there is anyone in the Treasury who really says they cannot understand it, they are telling porkies.
How much we drink and how often we have sex are other subjects prompting porkies, says a new survey of 2,000 people.
READ a magazine article the other day about lying (well, that's what I'm telling you lot, anyway) and the female author mentioned her three favourite porkies.
So either Rod's almost ex has been eating a lot, or the camera has been telling porkies.