tell a (little) white lie

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tell a (little) white lie

To tell a seemingly small, insignificant, or harmless lie, often presumably in order not to offend or upset someone. I knew Jenny would be upset if she knew I didn't want go to the movies with her tomorrow, so I just told her a white lie about having to take care of my elderly grandmother. Don't get into the habit of telling little white lies, or, pretty soon, you'll start telling big, fat, ugly ones.
See also: lie, tell, white
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Meet-up quickly: It's easy for a person to hold things back or tell white lies during an online relationship.
However, I can see that being clever, with an ability to tell white lies, could take you up the social or corporate ladder.
We tell white lies, choose convenienceover righteousness and assume that the end somehow justifies the means.
While prepping for the sale, Marlon and Ashley decide that they no longer have to follow the politics of marriage and tell white lies to keep each other happy.
you see in the dark (43% - although, to be fair, there is some truth to this, actually!) 2 SANTA has a naughty list, you have to be on your best behaviour (38%) 7 THE ice cream van playing a tune means they've run out of ice cream (11%) 8 IF YOU watch TV all day, your eyes will swell up/ go square (25%) 3 YES, we are nearly there (38%) 4 SANTA is watching you at all times (28%) 5 IF YOU don't go to sleep soon, the tooth fairy won't come (28%) 11WE CAN'T play this game as the computer iPad is broken 8%) 10CUTTING your hair makes it grow quicker (9%) YOU won't like it (21%) 6 IF YOU don't finish your dinner, Santa won't visit this year (7%) 12IF YOU eat any fruit seeds, the fruit will start growing in your body Is it OK to tell white lies?
45% of parents tell white lies once a week ANY parents have told their child a white lie or two, usually with the best of intentions.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- White House communications director Hope Hicks told members of the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that she is sometimes required to tell white lies as part of her work for President Donald Trump, according to a report.
SAGITTARIUS November 23-December 21 Try not to be too hard on younger people who may have had no alternative but to tell white lies in the last few weeks.
PAUL, 37 Art director at a fashion magazine from Dublin DILLON intends to be 'Machiavellian' about tasks and says he will tell white lies if he needs to.
PAUL, 37 Art director at a fashion magazine, from Dublin DILLON intends to be 'Machiavellian' about tasks and says he will tell white lies if he needs to.
Singles tend to tell white lies about whatever they can get away with in order to seem more attractive, he said.
[USPRwire, Thu Sep 19 2013] It's usually women who are expected to be sensitive about getting older, but new research from Diamond car insurance specialists has revealed men are more likely than women to tell white lies about their age.
[ClickPress, Thu Sep 19 2013] It's usually women who are expected to be sensitive about getting older, but new research from Diamond car insurance specialists has revealed men are more likely than women to tell white lies about their age.
So while we'll all confess that we tell white lies occasionally, admitting to willful, creative deception breaks the illusion that we have of ourselves as honest people, he says.
We all tell white lies to save ourselves embarrassment or to make somebody else feel good about themselves.