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white lie

a minor, polite, or harmless lie; fib. Unabridged
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  • And other than a subtle white lie here and there, he is completely genuine to them.
  • The first cousin of the white lie is the idle boast-not quite so harmless, but not nefarious, either.
British Dictionary definitions for white lie

white lie

a minor or unimportant lie, esp one uttered in the interests of tact or politeness
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Idioms and Phrases with white lie

white lie

An untruth told to spare feelings or from politeness, as in She asked if I liked her dress, and of course I told a white lie. This term uses white in the sense of “harmless.” [ First half of 1700s ]
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