Definition of white lie in English:

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white lie

Pronunciation: /ˈˌ(h)wīt ˈlī/


A harmless or trivial lie, especially one told to avoid hurting someone’s feelings.
Example sentences
  • But his big dreams land him in hot water when a great white lie turns him into an unlikely hero.
  • But still, I understand the little white lies are usually harmless and many people tell them.
  • Research revealed that untruths range from little white lies to huge whoppers aimed purely at personal gain.

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Syllabification: white lie

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