a white lie
Meaning: If you tell a white lie, you say something that isn't true in order to be polite or so as not to hurt someone's feelings.
- Sometimes it's better to tell a white lie than to tell someone a painful truth.
- I really didn't want to go to my boss's dinner party, so I told a white lie and said I had to go to a friend's wedding party that night.
Jack asked me how he looked after his operation, so I told a white lie and said