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.
Jeffrey asked if it was all right to tell a little white lie, and his mom assured him that it was, if it was fun and made people happy.
We two WHITE LIES WE'VE probably all told a white lie at one time or another, often with good intentions.
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?
LITTLE WHITE LIE is a big price for a horse who has already won a big handicap this season and he could go well at around the 33-1 mark in today's Totesports.
Then pick a comfy spot on the couch and settle down for Little White Lie, a brand new feature length drama for RTE television.
After all the fanfare last year about Beringer Blass' low-cal wine for women, its creators have come clean: White Lie is no longer being produced.
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