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White Lie

The phrase 'White Lie' means that the falsehood being told is one that is unimportant, particularly if it is meant to be polite or tactful.

Example of Use: “I told a little white lie and said she looked just fine.”  

Interesting fact about White Lie

There is no known origin for the term 'white lie.' White has been used to signify purity, good, or harmless for millennia, and it is possible that the expression 'white lie' is hundreds of years old.