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English definition of “white lie”

white lie

noun [C]    
a lie that is told in order to be polite or to stop someone from being upset by the truthLies, lying and hypocrisyDishonest people
(Definition of white lie noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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