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English definition of “stretch the truth”

stretch the truth

to say something that is not completely honest in order to make someone or something seem better than it really is: He was accused of stretching the truth about how much he had helped in the project.Lies, lying and hypocrisyDishonest peopleExaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding
(Definition of stretch the truth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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