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white lienoun [C]

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a ​lie that is told in ​order to be ​polite or to ​stop someone from being ​upset by the ​truth
(Definition of white lie from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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white lienoun [C]

 /ˈhwɑɪt ˈlɑɪ, ˈwɑɪt/
a lie that is about a ​subject that is not very ​important, or one that is told to be ​polite or ​kind
(Definition of white lie from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “white lie”
in Chinese (Simplified) 善意的谎话, 无伤大雅的谎言…
in Turkish masum yalan, beyaz yalan, zararsız yalan…
in Russian невинная ложь…
in Chinese (Traditional) 善意的謊話, 無傷大雅的謊言…
in Polish niewinne kłamstewko…
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