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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.
See also: stretch, truth
References in classic literature ?
And in fine I am ashamed to say that the Major stretched the truth so far as to tell old Mr.
ALEADING scratchings manufacturer has admitted it may have stretched the truth a wee, wee, wee bit by dubbing its snacks British.
"Do not tell lies," we were enjoined by our parents and our teachers, even when we merely stretched the truth a little bit to make ourselves out to be innocent of childhood's mostly minor crimes -- or when we sought to elevate ourselves as the heroic one who had rescued the blackboard duster from the villainous grasp of the children in the next classroom or portrayed ourselves as the generous one who had saved the last sandwich on the plate for Mother.
Around 14 per cent stretched the truth about adulterous partners, with 13 per cent lying about how long they had been separated.
Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones) tells Luke (Mark Hamill) that Obi-Wan (Alec Guinness) stretched the truth Vader didnt kill Anakin Skywalker, Vader IS Anakin Skywalker.
But on Instagram he posted a picture of a private jet captioned, 'travelling to NY today' smh." This led social media users to mock Bow Wow by posting photos that stretched the truth.
Either would totally disprove Ehrman's assertions, that the Gospels are partially distorted memories passed down through storytellers who forgot, fabricated or stretched the truth.
NEW YORK -- Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly says he thinks television viewers trust him despite accusations he stretched the truth when he was a young reporter covering straight news.
Assad has stretched the truth when it comes to the presence of Lebanese nationals in Syrian jails; he has failed to live up to commitments to the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, when Damascus was looking for Riyadh's backing.
times I've stretched the truth. For example, my dysfunctional
Johnson certainly stretched the truth a number of times during that fateful day in Dallas, but he had done so thousands of times beforehand as well, so to suggest that November 22 somehow opened an important window into the man's character seems a bit too strong.
However, the majority of people have remained honest with half of those surveyed saying they have never lied or stretched the truth to secure a job.
Often they have stretched the truth or left out important information to draw conclusions.
David O'Leary's claim Jlloyd Samuel was Wright-Phillips' equal stretched the truth further than the injuries affecting Keegan's squad, although the young full-back did emerge with his own burgeoning reputation intact, if not enhanced.
Haifa, who was desperate to be a star, stretched the truth by telling Vanessa she never got dates because fellas were intimidated by her beauty.