white lie


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white lie

n.
An often trivial, diplomatic or well-intentioned untruth.

white lie

n
a minor or unimportant lie, esp one uttered in the interests of tact or politeness

white′ lie′


n.
a minor or harmless lie; fib.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.white lie - an unimportant lie (especially one told to be tactful or polite)
lie, prevarication - a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
Translations
كِذْبَه بَيْضاء
hvid løgn
ártatlan füllentés
hvít lygi
hvit løgnkvit løgn
nevinná lož
zararsız yalan

white lie

nbugia pietosa, bugia innocua

white

(wait) adjective
1. of the colour of the paper on which these words are printed. The bride wore a white dress.
2. having light-coloured skin, through being of European etc descent. the first white man to explore Africa.
3. abnormally pale, because of fear, illness etc. He went white with shock.
4. with milk in it. A white coffee, please.
noun
1. the colour of the paper on which these words are printed. White and black are opposites.
2. a white-skinned person. racial trouble between blacks and whites.
3. (also ˈegg-white) the clear fluid in an egg, surrounding the yolk. This recipe tells you to separate the yolks from the whites.
4. (of an eye) the white part surrounding the pupil and iris. The whites of her eyes are bloodshot.
ˈwhiten verb
to make or become white or whiter. She used a little bleach to whiten the sheets.
ˈwhiteness noun
ˈwhitening noun
a substance used to make certain things (eg tennis shoes) white again.
ˈwhitish adjective
fairly white; close to white.
ˌwhite-ˈcollar adjective
(of workers, jobs etc) not manual; (working) in an office etc.
white elephant
a useless, unwanted possession.
white horse noun
(usually in plural) a wave that has a crest of white foam.
ˌwhite-ˈhot adjective
(of metals) so hot that they have turned white. a white-hot poker.
white lie
a not very serious lie. I'd rather tell my mother a white lie than tell her the truth and upset her.
ˈwhitewash noun
a mixture of usually lime and water, used for whitening walls.
verb
to cover with whitewash.
ˈwhitewashed adjective
white winewine
References in classic literature ?
She thought she had a good deal of the coquette in her, and I 've no doubt that with time and training she would have become a very dangerous little person, but now she was far too transparent and straightforward by nature even to tell a white lie cleverly.
The prevarication and white lies which a mind that keeps itself ambitiously pure is as uneasy under as a great artist under the false touches that no eye detects but his own, are worn as lightly as mere trimmings when once the actions have become a lie.
Set amid the seedy motels of Hollywood, California, Black Crow White Lie tells the story of Carson Calley.
Was it a white lie like, "your butt doesn't look big in those jeans," or a white lie like" "I did the report all by myself," when in fact a co-worker did most of the work?
Even if you've only told a little white lie, there are few sensations more blood-curdlingly excruciating than having your deception brought to the attention of others.
Then pick a comfy spot on the couch and settle down for Little White Lie, a brand new feature length drama for RTE television.
75% of parents have told a white lie to their children 90% tell a white lie to protect their child's innocence 44% tell a white lie becauuse they don't know the answe 40% have told a white lie in the last month Tooth fairy most popular white lie (86%) 11% have told children that an ice cream van plays a tune when it has run out of ice cream - (Source: Lotus Thirst pockets (ICM Omnibus))
So desperately that she makes up a little white lie about her brother that snowballs out of control.
So in our example, a person believing in the white lie would answer: "You
Though technically telling a white lie is deceitful, this approach is personal and respectful, Keller explains.
Say the word "passing" and it's like pushing a "play" button in the mind that flashes that heart-wrenching scene in the 1959 movie Imitation of Life: There's Sarah Jane, sobbing behind the hearse of the black mother who died of a heart broken by her vanilla-hued daughter's cruel choice to live a tragic white lie.