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white lie

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noun
  1. a minor, polite, or harmless lie; fib.
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British Dictionary definitions for white lie

white lie

noun
  1. 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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