When someone tells a white lie it refers to a minor or unimportant lie, especially in the interests of tact or politeness.
A deliberate, untrue statement that does no harm and is done to produce a favourable result.
A diplomatic or well-intentioned untruth.
1. When a telemarketer calls you, don’t feel guilty about telling a white lie to get off the phone.
2. I have to confess, going on a business trip was a white lie.
3. I think she was telling a white lie when she said someone blew up her car.
4. It’s hard to have a relationship with someone who always tell white lies.
exaggeration, half-truth, harmless truth, little white lie, mental dishonesty, near truth, partial truth, slight stretch, well-intentioned untruth, suggestio falsi, trivial untruth, untruth