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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
Translations of “white lie”
in Chinese (Traditional) 善意的謊話, 無傷大雅的謊言…
in Russian невинная ложь…
in Turkish masum yalan, beyaz yalan, zararsız yalan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 善意的谎话, 无伤大雅的谎言…
in Polish niewinne kłamstewko…
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