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Definition an unimportant lie (especially one told to be polite or helpful)
  • I told a white lie to bolster her battered ego.
white lie = an unimportant lie told to be helpful
  • When she takes a vacation from work, she tells a white lie on her email auto-reply. She says she'll be gone a day longer than she will really be gone, so she has a day to clean out her inbox.
  • white lie = an unimportant lie
  • When my girlfriend noticed my glance linger on another pretty girl, I told her a white lie. I said that I was thinking that the girl's outfit would look good on her.
  • white lie = an unimportant lie told to be tactful
  •   "So you lied," I said.
      "A white lie, but yes. Sorry," she said, trying to smile, but when I didn't smile back, she turned around in her seat and faced forward.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • white lie = an unimportant lie (told to be helpful)
  •   "You told me it was an IQ test," I said.
      "I know, well, that was a white lie," she answered. "It was a test you needed to take to get into the school."
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • white lie = an unimportant lie (told to be helpful)
  • So he'd told a little white lie to the rabbi this morning about how she'd converted and how they were raising their boys in the Jewish faith.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • But there are no white lies, there is only the blackness of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • She has no history of criminal behavior, no drug or alcohol use, no history of psychological problems"—a white lie—"and she seems very gentle.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • He comforts her with a little white lie.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • Only a white lie, my dear Count.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He had not wanted to disturb his nephew—a white lie.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • She tilted her head back and forth, as if caught in a white lie.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • ... So tell him a white lie.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • The little white lies I told on a daily basis, the things I kept in, each time I was not totally honest-I was aware of every one now.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Gospodin Selene is on another call" whereupon you might hear sound of W.C., followed by running water and know that she had told little white lie.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • "It's just a white lie," Andrew elaborates.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • Mrs. Larkin, I may have told little white lies in my life, but never a lie that mattered, that hurt any one.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • This is called a white lie.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • 'What we call in English a little white lie that doesn't hurt anybody.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The white lie surprised Langdon.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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