English version

white lie

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwhite lieˌwhite ˈlie noun [countable] informal 🔊 🔊 LIE/TELL A LIEa lie that you tell someone in order to protect them or avoid hurting their feelings
Examples from the Corpus
white lieDo you get just a little sort of tap for a white lie but minced up for murder?What's the harm of a white lie if it will make her feel better?Why hadn't she told a white lie and claimed she had a licence?What did it matter, a little white lie like that?
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