stretch the truth

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stretch the truth

To tell or explain something in such a way that, while not technically false, presents an exaggerated or misleading version of the truth. It would be stretching the truth to say that our company has been very successful, but we've managed to get by for the past few years. Everyone stretches the truth about their skills and experiences when they apply for new jobs.
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stretch the truth

 and stretch the point; stretch it
Fig. to exaggerate. When he claimed to have a Ph.D., he was stretching the truth. Sally tends to stretch the point when telling tales about her wild teenage years.
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Make sure the installers allow enough time for the carpet to acclimate and insist that they actually stretch it with a power stretcher during installation.