economical with the truth

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

  • Believed to be from Edmund Burke. "Falsehood and delusion are allowed in no case whatever: but, as in the exercise of all the virtues, there is an economy of truth. It is a sort of temperance, by which a man speaks truth with measure that he may speak it the longer."

Adjective[edit]

economical with the truth

  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic) not telling the whole truth, especially in order to present a false image of a situation; untruthful; lying. Often used with sarcasm or satire
    I would be being economical with the truth if I were to tell you that I was enjoying myself.