white lie = something that is not true and not very important.

When you tell a white lie, you say something that is not true because you want to be nice.

Telling the truth might make another person sad or unhappy. A white lie is when you tell an untruth about something small and not very important.

Susan: Did you see Samantha’s new dress?

Chelsea: Yes, I told her that I liked it, but it was very ugly.

Susan: Why did you say you liked it? That wasn’t true.

Chelsea: It was just a white lie. She was happy and I didn’t want to make her sad.

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