stretch the truth

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.
See also: stretch, truth
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Now we all know Santa is real, it's just we stretch the truth a bit.
When imperfect people face pressure to close sales, they invariably stretch the truth. Unfortunately, this hurts everyone around them:
If you're not that good, or can't stretch the truth as well, don't try it.
Meanwhile, of the women who stretch the truth, 45 percent claim to have a far more glamorous job than the one they actually do.
Tom Taaffe, trainer of Stretch The Truth "It's his first handicap and I'm a little concerned about two miles around Tramore being too sharp for him.
While every mayor should be against illegal guns--or illegal drugs or anything else that falls outside the law-MMG is really a poorly veiled anti-gun coalition whose real goal is to grab all guns, not just the illegal ones.And, true to anti-gunners tendency to stretch the truth, MAIG uses outright lies to dupe the public.
A LOT ABOUT DAVY CROCKETT IS LEGEND THAT MAY STRETCH THE TRUTH A MITE.
Drew Rosenhaus may stretch the truth on occasion but is the king of pumping up those he represents.
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