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economical with the truth

Meaning: to be telling a lie

For example:

  • I wasn't lying! I was just being economical with the truth.

  • You weren't just being "economical with the truth". What you said was simply untrue!

Quick Quiz:

Saying "He's being economical with the truth" is like saying

a. "He doesn't know the truth."

b. "He always tell lies."

c. "He's not telling the truth."

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Contributor: Matt Errey