spin (one) a tale

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spin (one) a tale

To tell a lie or fictionalized version of the truth in order to convince someone of something or to avoid the consequences of something. Don't you dare spin me a tale about being at the library. I want to know exactly where you were tonight. I suspect he's just spinning a tale about where all that money came from.
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spin (somebody) a ˈyarn/ˈtale

tell somebody a story, usually a long one, which is often not true: She came an hour late and spun him a yarn about her car breaking down.Sailors used to spin yarns (= long threads) to make ropes. They were also famous for telling unlikely stories of their adventures, which is perhaps the origin of the idiom.
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What comes to mind first as I finish Rosalyn Story's fiction debut, More Than You Know, is simply "wow." Some people just know how to spin a tale. A newcomer to fiction, Story writes with the plot-twisting precision of a veteran and a lyricism reminiscent of James Baldwin's novel-turned-serenade Sonny's Blues.
Courtright's use of shamanism to spin a tale of deep self-exploration and forgiveness brilliantly exhibits the complexity of spirituality and healing.
Willard definitely can spin a tale. Not only has he been on intimate terms with players in Washington politics and Russian economics, but he also writes about hanging out backstage with singer Johnny Cash and dining with Panama's Manuel Noriega.